Country: France Region: Rhone
Varietal: Grenache/ Syrah
Vintage: 2014 Colour: Red Style: Dry
Producer: Chateau Pesquie
Château Pesquié is a family business run by two brothers, Alexandre & Frédéric Chaudière, and their cousin Renaud. The estate has been in their family since the 1970’s and it has become one of the references in the Ventoux appellation (Jeb Dunnuck’s favourite domain in the region). 70 hectares of vines on the southern slope of the Mont Ventoux, with no less than 9 different grapes an about to be converted to an organic vineyard. The wines always deliver high-quality and character, in a modern and ambitious style.
What experts say
About the domain
Bettane & Desseauve : 2*
Jeb Dunnuck (Wine Advocate):
"Easily one of my favorite estates from the up-and-coming Ventoux region, Chateau Pesquie is run by the talented brothers, Alexandre & Frederic Chaudiere. The wines sell for a song, yet always deliver high-quality, loads of character and impeccably made profiles."
About the wine
Robert Parker: 92
"In the same mold and an awesome value year in and year out, the 2012 Cotes du Ventoux Cuvee des Terrasses is a blend of 70% Grenache (60-year-old vines) and 30% Syrah (30+-year-old vines) that was aged two-thirds in concrete (and some in stainless steel) and one-third in older oak. Made from a blend of different terroirs on the estate (and basically declassified Quintessence) and coming from hillside vineyards lying between 840-930 feet in elevation, it offers up a gorgeously pure, supple and seamless profile with kirsch and berry-styled fruit, licorice and spring flower-like qualities all emerging from the glass. Elegant, forward and delicious, it gains in stature in the glass, is ridiculously textured from such an inexpensive wine, and has sweet tannin emerging on the finish. Buy this thrill ride of a Cotes du Ventoux by the case and enjoy bottles over the coming 3-5 years."
Wine Spectator: 87
"Black cherry, anise and plum cake notes are melded together, with a light peppery hint on the friendly finish. Drink now. –JM"
Jancis Robinson: 15.5
"70% Grenache, 30% Syrah. Hardly any oak, just a little old oak. Very jolly, lively and friendly even if far from serious."
Gault & Millau: 14.5
"Taking the party of a very flowery aromatic made of violet and lily, this wine without too much extraction manages to provide a beautiful fruit-pleasure ratio."
Maturing: 30% in oak barrels and 70% in concrete or stainless steel vats
Ageing Potential: 1-3 Years
Deep ruby red wine, full from rim to core. Pronounced bouquet of blackberry and damson fruits with minty tones. Dry with softening tannins, lovely weight of rich ripe blackberry fruits with a long smooth finish. Excellent quality from this much improved region.
Food Matches: Red Meat / Soft Cheese / Veal