2018 Château Pesquié 'Quintessence' Ventoux Rouge
A benchmark producer of this little-known region in southwest France! The Chaudière and Bastide families have now farmed this land for 3 generations. Now in the capable hands of Fred and Alex Chaudière, Château Pesquié comprises 100 hectares of vines. Only organic treatments and composts are used in the vineyard. They grow Grenache, Syrah, Carignan, Cinsault, Mourvedre, Roussanne, Clairette, Viognier, Chardonnay, and Muscat. Their most common and diverse plantings are Syrah and Grenache, each chosen specifically for their soils and exposure. This cuvée is roughly 80% Syrah and 20% Grenache. The age of the vines ranges from 20 to well over 80 years old. Grapes are hand-harvested. Juice is fermented in tank and then aged 18 months in French oak barrels (50% new).
"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." 91-93 Points - Jen Dunnuck