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Ch�teau Pesquie, Quintessence Blanc Ventoux, 2008


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    Roussanne 80%, Clairette 20%

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    Fred and Alex Chaudi�re

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This is the top cuvee from the brilliant Pesquie estate in the Rhone Valley. 80% Syrah and 20% old vine Grenache, the blend is aged for 12 to 18 months in French oak, 40% of which is new. This rich and silky wine can age happily for 10 years and is a consistent favourite of Robert Parker. This was an exceptionally fine year all over the Rhone valley and the wines are already delicious but the best will repay cellaring for longer... if you can resist their charms.

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Due to their different maturing needs, Roussanne and Clairette are, at first, fermented separately. Fermentation takes place in barrels for the
Roussane which remains about 5 months in wood. The Clairette stays in stainless steel vats. The malolactic transformations are blocked. We then blend in concrete tanks and age for 6 months. Bottled at Château Pesquie.

The soils in the shadow of Mt Ventoux are rich in limestone, the vineyards located at a higher elevation than in the neighboring Rhone Valley, and the older vines produce more concentrated and complex fruit. At Chateau Pesquie all of these conditions combine to create wines that are rich in fruit with remarkable balance and purity. The Chaudiere and Bastide families have now farmed this land for 3 generations. Odette and Rene purchased the Chateau in the early 1970s. While the building itself dates to the 1750s the lands around it have been cultivated since the Roman era. Recent archaeological discoveries have proven that wine was made in this region as early as the 1st century BCE and the name of the property derives from the Latin name for fish ponds,pescarium no doubt due to the springs that occur naturally near the Chateau. By the mid 1980s Odette and Rene's daughter Edith and her husband Paul Chaudiere had taken over the running of the estate. Both left careers in the medical field to return to the family estate and soon found themselves back in school, this time learning how to make wine. In 1989 Chateau Pesquie, the wine, was born. Now in the capable hands of Fred and Alex Chaudiere, the sons of Edith and Paul, Chateau Pesquie is comprised of 100 hectares of vines. Only organic treatments and composts are used in the vineyard. Weed control is done by turning over the soil, and harvesting is done by hand. There are three main terroirs on the property: rocky limestone clay, red clay and loamy gray clay. They grow Grenache, Syrah, Carignan, Cinsault, Mourvedre, Roussanne, Clairette, Viognier, Chardonnay and Muscat. Their most common and diverse plantings are of Syrah and Grenache, each chosen specifically for their soils and exposure. Fortunately the Ventoux has a cooler micro-climate than the vineyards near the Rhone so Fred and Alex can be guaranteed a longer and slower ripening of their fruit especially important for these two varieties. The age of the vines ranges from 20 to well over 80 years old. All of these elements: good terroir, older vines, organic farming and hand harvesting ensure that only the best grapes reach the cellar. Once there, Alexander oversees the winemaking utilizing stainless steel tanks for fermentation. Aging takes place in tank, concrete or barrel depending on variety and the final blends are carefully made to capture the essence of each cuvee.

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