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Le Benjamin

Chateau Puech-Haut

Le Benjamin Bottle
Appellation
Pays d'Oc
Variety
Syrah, Grenache, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon
Age of Vines
From various young vines on the property
Farming
Practicing biodynamic
Soil
Clay limestone
Altitude
120 meters
Fermentation
Hand harvested, destemmed, fermented in tank
Aging
At least 6 months in tank

Overview

Bib-art-animated

Among two of Gerard Bru’s many passions are art and wine and for over a decade he has invited artists to Château Puech-Haut to paint decommissioned demi-muids from his cellar. These barrels are on prominent display in his tasting room but also serve as inspiration for the packaging of one of his newest cuvées – Le Benjamin. Many estates in the south of France make bulk wine intended for everyday, uncomplicated drinking, either carried away in your own vessels or sold as bag-in-a-box. Gerard, being Gerard, decided that bag in a barrel was more suitable format for his estate, and having so many sources of inspiration for this project on hand, he decided that rather than settling on one design, he has chosen to cycle through them all. This 3L bag in a barrel, or bib-art, is a blend of younger vine fruit from his vineyards. While mainly Grenache and Syrah, it includes a small amount of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. These varieties are harvested by hand, fermented in tank and aged for at least 6 months before the final blend is made and “barreled.” His first release in 2016 was heralded by Jeb Dunnuck who remarked, “As good as I’ve ever tasted from this format, it offers rich, ripe notes of black cherries, bouquet garni and peppery herbs as well as a medium to full-bodied, textured, rounded style on the palate. It will be hard to beat for drinking over the coming couple of years.”

Ratings & Reviews

89

NV Le Benjamin

Source: WA

Languedoc, France
  • Location
    Languedoc, France
  • Appellation
    Pays d'Oc
  • Proprietor
    Gerard Bru
  • Winemaker
    Mathieu Ciampi
  • Size / Elevation
    50 hectares / 120 meters
  • Portfolio
    Eric Solomon Selections

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