Château Pesquié Red Rhone Blend Côtes du Ventoux Terrasses 2006
T E R R A S S E S 2 0 0 6 D e s c r i p t i o n This word comes from the Latin terras, meaning "lump of earth". The Côtes du Ventoux region is characterized by alternating hills and valleys. To make the most of this exceptional terroir, grape growers and other farmers had to accomplish the colossal feat of building "terraces" into the steep hillsides, choosing especially well-protected, sunny locations. Still today, the Provence countryside boasts centuries-old olive trees planted on terraces called restanques or rébanqués in Provençal. Paul and Edith Chaudière chose this name in homage to the Provence countryside terraces their ancestors carved into carefully chosen sites. S o i l Located on the hillside at an altitude of 280 to 310 meters and facing southeast, this vineyard is planted in gravelly soil covered with pebbles. G r a p e s 70 % Grenache and 30 % Syrah. V i n i f i c a t i o n a n d a g i n g The grapes are crushed and destemmed. We obtain optimal color and aroma after a fifteen day maceration. Traditional wine-making is followed by a long rest. Then the wine is naturally clarified through a series of decantings at select times. 35 % of this vintage is aged in oak barrels (2 or 3 years old). Bottled at the Château. T a s t i n g Colour: dark red colour. Nose: nose blossoming into jammy berry aromas set off by a touch of spice. Mouth: This medium to full-bodied wine with a powerful mouthfeel with elegant and onctuous tannins, is enhanced by very round cherry and black current notes finishing with spicy flavours. Food and wine pairing: Ideal with terrines, poultry (guineafowl, turkey...), roasted or grilled meats, mushroom pies, and stuffed baby vegetables. P r e s s r e v i e w Vintage 2005 : Concours des Vignerons Indépendants 2007 : gold medal GAULT ET MILLAU 2008 : 16/20 GUIDE DES MEILLEURS VINS A PETITS PRIX 2008 RVF - Classement des meilleurs vins de France 2008 : 14/20 ROBERT PARKER : 92 points
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Medium red ruby in the glass. The nose shows dark red fruit, leather, and cotton candy. On the palate this really comes alive due to it's balanced acidity and showing of cherry, herbs and spice. A medium long finish. This was a totally different style than the rest of the wines in the flight and although most tasters went toward the robust CDP or Gigondas, the Terrasses held it's own and managed to finish as the favorite wine for two of the seven tasters.
No detailed notes but another fine performance from this great QPR. Big and muscular dark fruit tempered by a soft mouth feel that always pleases just about anyone I open this for.
Dark, deep ruby color. Nose is very inviting with spice cookies, fig, lead pencil, beef broth with a hint of skunk. Smooth, medium body. Blackberry fruit, spice and slightly herby. Nice amount of acidity that carries this win perfectly with or without food. Subtle yet present tannin mostly noticeable with the medium length finish. A great buy for the price.
Very nice wine, smooth, lots of berries
This wine was the standout favorite at our tasting at work in early december. we went through 4 bottles. granted, half of one probably went to me, i mean, i ran the table, had to make sure the bottle wasnt corked first...maybe had to make sure a couple of extra times. great wine for 15 bucks. lots of character and enough depth to enjoy it on its own.
Just a great, everyday wine. Wonderful value. Lots of ripe fruit. Definite crowd pleaser. Inexpensive enough to serve at a get-together.
With each sip it becomes smoother and smoother. If the first taste wasn't appealing, take a second and third; it becomes exponentially better after the first glass. Superbly paired with steak.
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The unfined/unfiltered 2006 Les Terrasses Rouge, a custom cuvee made for American importer Eric Solomon, is a blend of 70% Grenache and 30% Syrah. Its deep ruby/purple hue is accompanied by a lovely bouquet of black currants, black cherries, licorice, smoke, roasted herbs, and melted licorice. Deep and full-bodied with velvety tannins, good acidity, and a long finish, this is a heck-of-a wine to drink over the next 4-5 years.
Ripe and suave, with supple tannins that meld into the plum and boysenberry fruit, all laced with incense, black tea and pastis notes. Dark but pure on the finish. Grenache and Syrah. Drink now.
Another of my favorite estates in the up-and-coming Cotes du Ventoux appellation, Pesquie's inexpensive 2009 Terrasses is a custom cuvee put together by American importer Eric Solomon. Composed of 70% Grenache (from 60-year-old vines) and 30% Syrah (from 30-year-old vines), aged in neutral oak, and bottled unfined and unfiltered, this 10,000-case cuvée hits every sweet spot on the palate. Tasting more like a Chateauneuf du Pape than an inexpensive Cotes du Ventoux, this dense ruby/purple-colored wine offers up scents of licorice, black cherries, raspberries, pepper, and meat juices. Medium to full-bodied with a structured, well-delineated mouthfeel, good freshness, a heady finish, and firm, but well-balanced tannins, it should drink nicely for 2-3 years.
One of the top estates in the Cotes du Ventoux, Pesquie has been a project for importer Eric Solomon (who creates these custom cuvées for the American marketplace). There are 8,000 cases of the 2004 Cuvée des Terrasses, a blend of 70% Grenache (60-year old vines) and 30% Syrah (30-year old vines), that is aged in barrel (40%) and tank (60%). This knock-out value is a terrific bistro-styled, food-flexible offering with a huge spice and fruit profile. Smoky, roasted herb notes intermixed with black cherry jam, currant, plum, and spice box aromas jump from the glass of this medium to full-bodied, richly fruity red. Displaying a seamless integration of acidity and tannin, it should be enjoyed over the next 2-3 years.
Much ado about terroir, the '98 Pesquie is, in short, the flavor of a vineyard. Nicely balanced, no one component stands above another. So relax, enjoy the view from the balcony overlooking the vineyard, the sights, the sounds, and the smell of earth, wind, and well, in a word... terroir!
An amazing effort from one of Cotes de Ventoux's up-and-coming superstar producers, this non-oaked cuvee made from 60% Grenache (60-year-old vines) and 40% Syrah (40-year-old vines) boasts a dense ruby/purple color along with a fabulous nose of melted cassis intermixed with a touch of Provençal herbs and tomato skins. Also offering abundant glycerin, full body, and a pure, thick, juicy finish, this is an awesome wine for the price. Moreover, there are 7,000 cases available. Drink it over the next 3-4 years.
Located outside the tiny Rhône town of Mormoriron, Château Pesquié is known for substantial reds like Terrasses, which is dense with earthy raspberry notes and supple tannins.
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