After consuming more than a few bottle of this luscious rosť in Saint Marten last year, we returned to NYC and made it our mission to get the wine our shelves for Summer 2011. And we weren't the only wine enthusiasts who discovered the wine. Robert Parker recently sang the praises of Puech-Haut's consultant winemaker Philippe Cambie (Domaine les APhillanthes, Clos Saint Jean), and started a stampede for their wines by issuing a "big-time consumer buy alert," for those "into dry roses..." Why all the fuss?
After one whiff of this Grenache, Syrah, and Carignan-based beauty you'll know exactly why this is one of our top picks for summer thirst quenching. Outgoing aromas of fresh herbs like lavender and thyme mingle with notes of ripe peach and wild strawberries that persist through light-bodied flavors of crisp melon and citrus rind. Though light-bodied, this rosť boasts a silken texture and fresh, tangerine-like acidity on the finish. Exceedingly refreshing as a cooling summer sip, the Puech-Haut is equally enjoyable with seafood stews, summery salads, raw bar platters, and grilled meats. One of my top picks for Summer 2011