Puech Noble was originally named Puech Chaud and it is located in a relatively cool microclimate, in the Côteaux du Languedoc near Nîmes. The wines feature a slight garrique character and this is the only hint that the wines do not originate from the Northern Rhône. Bought in the late 1990s by René Rostaing and his wife, the estate gave René a chance to produce Syrah on the limestone soils so beloved by many French growers. Puech Noble is now producing one of the South’s most beautiful wines, mainly from Syrah, but also including small quantities of Mourvèdre, Grenache, and Rolle. Indeed, it could even be the best expression of Rostaing wines to date. They are beautifully expressive, rich, elegant, ethereal and hedonistic, yet modest and subtle.
"Red Rock Terrace displays a beautiful core of blackcurrant, crème de cassis and juicy red plums. Hiding behind the gorgeous sweet fruit, fragrant notes of cordial, cocoa and liquorice emerge with time in the glass. Laser-beam precision is supported by the finest, grippiest tannins imaginable. Those tannins carry the beautifully concentrated fruit to a long, long finish. Effortless and perfectly...more
"Brooding yet sensuous, Gravelly Meadow reveals earthy, savoury, meaty notes the nose, along with blackcurrants, blueberries and mulberries. There are subtle hints of herbs, tobacco and cedarwood. Once again, the tannic structure is impeccable and perfectly integrated. This says more about the superb quality of the fruit than it does about the 100% new oak. Gravelly Meadow is Diamond Creek’s...more
"Volcanic Hill shows intense notes of cassis, blackcurrant, blueberries and black cherries, followed by violets, cocoa and cordial. This is full bodied and opulent, yet the tannic structure is beautifully integrated and nothing is overblown – the balance is impeccable. It also manages to be seriously refreshing. Cedar, sweet spice, tobacco, graphite and the faintest hint of truffle all emerge...more