Quintessence Rouge 2011 Ventoux - Château Pesquié


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Here comes the high-end red of the Château. Made of 80% of old Syrah vines, this full-bodied red spent around 12 month in oak barrels before release. Robert Parker describes it as “superb”, and we could not agree more. It is a big red wine which combines power and freshness at the same time. It shows complex aromas of black cherry with hints of mint and caramel. Very complex, very charming. Would benefit being decanted if drunk young.
 
Wine CharacteristicsTasting and cellaring
DomainChâteau PesquiéEyeDeep purple red
Vintage2011Nose Red and black berries, spices and toffee
AppellationVentouxMouthFull-bodied, balanced, fresh and elegant. Aromas of red fruits at
AreaRhône Valley the start, then spices (pepper and liquorice) with chewy tannins.
ColourRedDrink fromNow
GrapesSyrah (80%) Old Grenache (20%)Drink before2018
TypeDryOpen Decanted 1 hour before
  Drinking temperature17-18°C
    
Food pairing
All type of read meat, grilled or in a stew, game, terrines, cheese (Brie, Camembert) and chocolate dessert.
 
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: 92
"Also superb, the 2011 Cotes du Ventoux La Quintessence comes from terraced hillside vineyards located in the northern part of the appellation. Made from 80% Syrah and 20% Grenache, and aged for 12 months in 50% new French oak, it sports a perfumed, spice-driven profile with raspberry ganache, red licorice, wild herbs and pepper-like qualities all emerging from the glass. Balanced, fresh and elegant, with medium to full-bodied richness, knockout texture and chewy tannin, it should shine for 5-7 years."

Wine Spectator: 89
"Dark and winey, with layers of velvety plum, blackberry and boysenberry fruit stitched with briar and cocoa powder. A pastis hint threads through the finish. This has solid guts, but needs a touch of cellaring. Best from 2014 through 2017. –JM"

Gault & Millau: 16.5
"A notch above in the maturity of the berries that transports us to a range made of blueberry and sandalwood. A wine of character and a silky ageing. The tannins need to blend for a few years to bring a more balanced partition."
 
And finally for the wine geeks…
SoilSouth facing clay and limestone soils with sand, pebbles and gravels
HarvestManual
Maturing12 months in oak barrels
BottledAt Château Pesquié
Alcohol15.5%

 

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Quintessence Rouge 2011 Ventoux - Château Pesquié

Quintessence Rouge 2011 Ventoux - Château Pesquié