The name is a mouthful, and so is the wine! This is one not to miss, by virtue of the exceptional price, the novelty of grabbing the first vintage from this estate (Chateau Lavabre) under Puech-Haut, and the rave reviews from both Robert Parker (WA92-95) and Jeb Dunnuck (JD91-94). Supple and savory with macerated cherry, licorice, and spiced meat notes, just overflowing with character. This will be your go-to Rhone blend until the bottles run dry.
The 2017 Pic Saint Loup Chateau Lavabre La Closerie dials up the oak component, adding cedar and baking spices to a blend of cracked pepper and ripe blueberries. Full-bodied and supple, almost creamy in texture, this is long and plush, while retaining a welcome sense of freshness.
The first vintage for this estate under the team at Puech Haut, the 2017 La Closerie Du Pic looks to be a brilliant wine, but if you know the wines of Puech Haut, that should surprise no one. Savory notes of macerated cherries, licorice, dried earth, and spiced meat all flow to a medium to full-bodied, concentrated effort that has loads of character. A blend of 65% Grenache and 35% Syrah, with the Grenache brought up in tank and the Syrah in barrel, it’s going to drink nicely right out of the gate and cruise for 7-8 years, probably longer.