I’ve been waiting for this wine for a long, long time. I carried it at the old location a few years ago and it got raves not just from me but from pretty much every customer who bought it. Then due to the importers being out of the market for a period it was unfortunately unavailable. Now it has finally returned, and as expected (hoped?) it is still one of the most deliciously unique wines in all of France. In the Languedoc area of SW France one doesn’t expect to see much cabernet franc planted, much less be the focal point of a flagship red wine. Winemaker Jeff Carrell obviously disregards conventional wisdom, and our dinner tables are all the better for it. Cab franc gets perfectly ripe in the microclimates surrounding the town of Narbonne. Carrell then ferments these sweetly fruity grapes, blends them with syrah and merlot (in a 58%-28%-14% mix in 2010) and ends up with a red wine I promise you will love. Engaging, intriguing, remarkably delicious with everything from grilled veggies to burgers to pizza to a perfect rib eye, I can almost guarantee if you open a bottle of Puydeval you won’t stop ’til it’s empty!