Château Pesquié Red Rhone Blend Côtes du Ventoux Terrasses 2009
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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!
The 2001 Les Terrasses is a remarkable offering from importer Eric Solomon, who personally put together this 9,000 case blend of 60% Grenache and 40% Syrah, all from vines over thirty years of age. Approximately one-third of it spent time in barrel. A dense ruby/purple color is followed by sumptuous aromas of black fruits, spice, earth, and dazzling purity, and tremendous texture, this high-class, serious Cocirc;tes du Ventoux is supple enough to drink now yet possesses all the stuffing needed to age (possibly improve) for 4ndash;6 years. Amazing stuff!
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 4ndash;5 years.
Another of my favorite estates in the up-and-coming Cotes du Ventoux appellation, Pesquieandrsquo;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 cuvandeacute;e 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 2andndash;3 years.
The 1995 Cuvée des Terrasses is an unfiltered offering made from 55% Syrah and 45% Grenache. The wine offers a bold, flamboyant, spicy, peppery, black raspberry and cherry-scented nose, delicious, juicy, fleshy-textured flavors, excellent purity, and a heady, glycerin-infused mouthfeel and finish. About 100% of this wine was aged on oak barrels. It should continue to drink well for 2-4 years.
Rhone, FranceChateau Pesquie Terrasses is a gorgeous blend of 70% Grenache and 30% Syrah from the Cotes du Ventoux region east of Avignon. The Grenache comes from 60-year-old vines and the Syrah from 30-year-old vines. This red wine gem is from the southern Rhone valley, one of the most beautiful wine regions of the world with its picturesque villages dotting a landscape of rolling hillside vineyards. Paul and Edith Chaudiere chose the name Terrasses in homage to their ancestors who carved terraces into carefully chosen vineyard sites. A perennial favorite of Robert Parker, Pesquie Terrasses has scored 90 points or higher in 8 of 10 vintages rated since 1998. This newly released 2009 scored 90 points! The history of Chateau Pesquie is a story about a family passionate about wine in the Ventoux region over three generations. The winery is now run by Alexandre and Frederic Chaudiere. I enjoyed a visit to the chateau nearly a decade ago when my family rented a vacation home in the tiny village of Mormoiron--just one kilometer from the Pesquie estate!Chateau Pesquie Terrasses is dark ruby red in color with an intense nose of blackberries, raspberries, black cherries, licorice and garrigue. Full-bodied with firm tannins, the wine is fresh and elegant on the palate. 35% of the vintage was aged for 12 months in oak barrels. Well balanced to enjoy over the next 5-6 years, it is rich and lingering on the finish.Enjoy Chateau Pesquie Terrasses with lamb chops, daube Provencal, burgers and grilled vegetables.
The 1995 Cuveacute;e des Terrasses is an unfiltered offering made from 55% Syrah and 45% Grenache. The wine offers a bold, flamboyant, spicy, peppery, black raspberry and cherry-scented nose, delicious, juicy, fleshy-textured flavors, excellent purity, and a heady, glycerin-infused mouthfeel and finish. About 100% of this wine was aged on oak barrels. It should continue to drink well for 2ndash;4 years.
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