The 2016s from Château Pesquié are the first of the hailed 2016 Southern Rhône vintage. Decanter calls it ‘unmissable’, while Wine Spectator writes that they ‘may even beat the benchmark of 2010’ and Chapoutier goes as…

The 2016s from Château Pesquié are the first of the hailed 2016 Southern Rhône vintage. Decanter calls it ‘unmissable’, while Wine Spectator writes that they ‘may even beat the benchmark of 2010’ and Chapoutier goes as far to say ‘it’s the best in 40 years!’

‘The wines are dark and brimming with fruit, as if they were marked by a warm vintage. But they’re remarkably fresh on the palate, with floral aromatics and beautifully defined finishes, as if from a cooler year’ – James Molesworth.

By now you will know the delicious wines of Pesquié, described as ‘one of my all-time favorite producers in France… a phenomenal bargain.’ by Robert Parker. The Paradou and Terrasses are Wine Cellar’s best-selling international wines.

Alexandre and Frédéric Chaudière’s family were pioneers of the Ventoux appellation with a history that dates back to the 19th century. The Terrasses red and white are produced from old terraced vines on the estate, offering an extra level of depth in 2016. The red especially will age for a decade.

Le Paradou is possibly even better value. Produced from old vine Grenache in the rocky Ventoux and Roussillon, it’s a delicious and unpretentious ‘Vin de France’. Matured without oak, ‘this beauty hits the palate with medium to full-bodied richness, no hard edges and a great finish’ – Jeb Dunnuck. Fill your boots!

Tasting notes:

Château Pesquié, Le Paradou Grenache 2016 – R 125
The Le Paradou label is a joint venture between the Ventoux’s Chateau Pesquie Chaudiere family and importer Eric Solomon. The 2016 Vin de France, which has already been bottled, is 100% Grenache and comes from vines in the Ventoux and the Roussillon’s Agly Valley. It was brought up all in concrete tank. Deep ruby colored, with awesome notes of garrigue, pepper, kirsch and dark fruits, this beauty hits the palate with medium to full-bodied richness, no hard edges and a great finish. It sells for a song and way over-delivers. – Wine Advocate, 90/100

Château Pesquié, Terrasses Ventoux Rouge 2016 – R 165
A bit more ‘serious’ than the Edition 1912M, the 2016 Ventoux Terrasses delivers what longtime admirers have come to expect from the estate: ample fruit, complexity, weight and charm. Peppered raspberries and hints of garrigue drive the wine from start to finish, bolstered by fine, silky tannins and balanced acids. This solid value blend of Grenache and Syrah should drink well for 4-5 years from vintage. – Wine Advocate, 90/100

Château Pesquié, Terrasses Ventoux Blanc 2016 – R 155
The 2016 Terrasses Blanc is bottled as a Vin de France because the Ventoux appellation doesn’t permit Viognier to be a primary variety. In this wine, it accounts for 70%, blended with 15% each Roussanne and Clairette. Fragrant aromas of apricot blossoms and melon speak eloquently of the Viognier component, as does the broad, slightly viscous mouthfeel, while there’s sufficient acidity to provide definition and length. Drink this unoaked, easygoing white over the next 12-18 months. – Wine Advocate, 89/100

 

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