Chateau Pesquie Quintessence 2018
Plush, velvety, and decadent.
Grape: Syrah + Grenache
Region: Southern Rhone, France
The 2018 Ventoux Quintessence is mostly Syrah (20% Grenache) that was all destemmed and will spend a year in roughly 30% new French oak. It offers an elegant bouquet of blackberries, blueberries, ground pepper, and leafy herbs as well as medium-bodied richness, fine tannins, and a great finish. It's elegant, fine, and finesse-oriented on the palate, and will drink well in its youth as well as keep for over a decade."
Château Pesquié, which sits northeast of Avignon within France’s Rhône Valley, looks and feels like a place that has produced fine wines for ages. Lined by centuries-old, leafy plane trees, the drive up to the estate leads to a noble, 18th-century stone farmhouse surrounded by gurgling garden fountains fed by natural underground springs. Behind the house begin the manicured old Grenache vines. About 250 acres of organic vineyards spread over the foothills of Mont Ventoux, known as the “Giant of Provence,” its landmark, wind-whipped, white limestone peak reaching to more than 6,200 feet. How could they not make great wines here? Indeed, Pesquié has received more than a dozen 90-plus-point scores for its Syrah- and Grenache-based reds and Roussanne-Clairette whites. Fresh, exuberant and fruit-driven, these are some of the best examples of today’s Ventoux AOC bottlings.
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