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Chateau Pesquie, Cotes du Ventoux Quintessence Rouge 2017
Syrah 80%. Grenache 20%
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.
The grapes are selected, crushed, and destemmed. Three to four weeks maceration with traditional air pumping over. Aged twelve to fifteen months in barrels: 40% of which are new and 60% of which are two to three years old. Bottled at the Château.
At Chateau Pesquie, the Chaudiere Family has dedicated itself to express a unique terroir of the Ventoux. Pioneers in many ways, the three generations of winemakers from the family have always tried to share a long term vision: an agriculture of high quality has to be sustainable and responsible. From the beginning, the winery of Chateau Pesquie was well integrated in its ecosystem. The cellars are carved into a hillsides and are thus perfectly integrated into the landscape. To maintain balance in the soil, fertilization is carried out using only organic, humus-based fertilizers. Chateau Pesquie is determined to respect both animal and plant life and is Certified Organic.