One of the Greatest VALUES!

One of the Greatest VALUES!

Posted on Apr, 04. 2011 by

Categories: Wine

I stole the subject line of today’s email offer directly from the title of a bulletin board post made by the world’s foremost wine critic (Robert Parker) back in July 2010. Now Parker doesn’t write on his own boards very often, usually just to chip-in a comment here or there on topics that tweak his interest, leaving the formal wine reviews almost exclusively to his Wine Advocate published bi-monthly. But every once in awhile he gets so excited about a wine that he simply can’t wait to share his enthusiasm with his subscribers, and July of last summer was one such rare time time. I recall reading this post and almost coming out of my seat with excitement:

Had this yesterday at a tasting of value wines from the south of France-being released 9/1/10 – 2009 Chateau Puech Haut Prestige-Coteaux du Languedoc – have been familiar with this estate for a number of years and always liked the wines….Michel Rolland was their first consultant and then Claude Gros….as of 2009, it is Philippe Cambie..so three of the most talented oenologists in France have worked here…this new cuvee is an astonishing wine for $18…a blend of 55% grenache from 60-75 year old vines and 45% syrah from 40 year old vines(all planted on limestone soils), the wine is fermented and aged in cement-so a naked wine with no cosmetic make-up…I rated it 94…and that is from bottle ….oodles of forest floor flora ,raspberry, kirsch,and plum are present in both aromatics and flavors…medium to full-bodied, silky tannins, and already very complex and drinkable..in fact I would recommend consuming it over the next 2-4 years…from European Cellars-Eric Solomon….the dreadful economy..the strong dollar, and a producer trying to make inroads in our market has resulted in this low price….one caveat-this is a custom cuvee only available in the USA…fashioned by Cambie and Solomon….I intend to buy several cases….just amazing what is available from this region….and of course thety have had two superlative vintages of late…2007 and 2009….

Well, the minute I read that I contacted the local distributor for Eric Solomon’s wines, and they said that they *might* be getting some of that wine at some point well into the future but it would take awhile. Luckily for us, that time has finally arrived, and because of our early interest (apparently other wine shops don’t follow the Parker boards?!) and willingness to commit to a significant quantity, we were able to secure a bunch of this wine for the Guild membership.

Now, when the world’s foremost wine critic proclaims a wine as one of the world’s “Greatest VALUES” and commits in writing to purchasing several cases, that’s usually good enough for me. But after the wine arrived late last week Evan got his hands on a sample bottle to test drive, and he couldn’t stop raving about it as he put in his Board member pre-order.

So if you have any interest you ought to be all over this wine — in terms of price/value equation (or Quality Price Ratio — QPR), this is as good a deal as you may ever see with a 94-point score and a price in the low teens. Wait — what? The LOW TEENS??? You heard me…

2009 Chateau Puech Haut Prestige-Coteaux du Languedoc, France
Member Price: [private_member] Grand Cru: $14.66 • Premier Cru: $15.33 [/private_member]
Retail Price: $20.00
Buy Now!

We’ve got good quantities, but I’m sure demand will be very high so get your orders in promptly so that we can allocate. As the wine is already in stock, feel free to come by starting Wednesday to pick up whatever we’re able to give you…

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