Quintessence Blanc 2011 Ventoux - Château Pesquié

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Quintessence, the high-end cuvée of the domain, is a really elegant white mostly made of the Roussanne grape. A beautiful balance between fruit and acidity, delicate and complex aromas of citrus, flowers and exotic spices. The Wine Advocate talks about the “superb whites” of the domain and this one is the brightest example.
 
Wine Characteristics Tasting and cellaring
Producer Château Pesquié Eye Pale gold
Vintage 2011 Nose  Complex nose of white flowers, exotic fruits and spices
Appellation Ventoux Mouth Well-balanced between the freshness and a nice minerality.
Area Rhône valley   Aromas of white fruits and flowers and a lovely bitter finish
Colour White Drink from Now
Grapes Roussanne (80%) Clairette (20%) Drink before 2016
Type Dry Open  30 minutes before
    Drinking temperature 10-12°C
       
Food pairing
Rather a food wine that will pair nicely with white meat, fish and matured cheese (Comté, cheddar and goat cheese).
 
A word about the domain
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: 89
"The 2011 Cotes du Ventoux La Quintessence Blanc (same blend and elevage as the 2012) is similarly-styled, yet slightly more straightforward and linear, with a tad less vibrancy to the fruit. Nevertheless, these are superb whites that are more than reasonably priced."

Wine Spectator: 89
"Offers plump creamed melon, peach and brioche flavors, with a floral thread for balance and a modestly juicy finish. Drink now. –JM"

Gault & Millau: 16
"It's good, certainly consensual and enhanced by a sweet woody scent, but the balance is there! A nose moving around apple, rose and jasmine. Volume and brightness on the palate with a final on beautiful bitterness."
 
And finally for the wine geeks…
Soil Clay and limestone gravel on a hillside facing west at an altitude of 280 meters.
Harvest Manual
Maturing 4 to 5 months in oak barrels
Bottled At Château Pesquié
Alcohol 13.5%