The latest vintage of our favourite Southern Rhône once again offers unbelievable value for money! With critic scores more akin to high-end Châteauneuf-du-Pape, this medium to full-bodied, organic Château Pesquié Terrasses Ventoux Rouge 2017 cracked 94/100 from Rhône-expert Jeb Dunnuck.
In the Rhône, 2017 is the third strong vintage in a row after the heady 2016s and classic 2015s. The region experienced drought-like conditions, leading to firm tannins and huge concentration, yet slightly lower alcohol levels. With more Syrah in 2017 (40%) along with 54% Grenache, 4% Cinsault and 2% Mourvèdre, the Wine Advocate reckons it ‘shows more intensity and depth than the delicious 2016’. ‘This is a raw, naked expression of this fabulous terroir located just south of Mount Ventoux,’ says Dunnuck.
We also offer the ‘smashable’ 90-point 2017 Le Paradou Grenache at just R130, as well as small parcels of the 3 single-vineyards, Ascensio, Artemia and Silica, see here.
‘The wines sell for a song, yet always deliver high-quality, loads of character and impeccably made profiles.’ – Wine Advocate
Alexandre and Frédéric Chaudière’s family were pioneers of the Ventoux appellation with a history that dates back to the 19th century. The Terrasses Ventoux Rouge and Blanc are produced from the estate’s terraced old vines at 300m, just below Mount Ventoux. The limestone clay soils in this cooler part of the Southern Rhône allows the wines to achieve tremendous purity, elegance and freshness. Not only do the wines offer lots of character when young, but they also age well for 5 – 8 years.
Château Pesquié, Terrasses Ventoux Rouge 2017
One of the great value buys out there. The 2017 Terrasses ranks with the finest vintages I’ve tasted. The essence of kirsch liqueur, wild strawberries, and wildflowers flow to a full-bodied, plump, deep, beautifully layered and sexy wine that has medium to full body, ripe tannins, notable minerality, and a great finish. This is a raw, naked expression of this fabulous terroir located just south of Mount Ventoux. – Jeb Dunnuck, 94/100
One of the largest estates in the Ventoux, Château Pesquié is now completely organic, with the goal of being biodynamic in 2019. The Chaudière brothers, Alexandre and Frédéric, deserve great credit for building on their parents founding vision. Showing more intensity and depth than the delicious 2016, the 2017 Ventoux Terrasses (tasted from tank) is a blend of 54% Grenache, 40% Syrah, 4% Cinsault and 2% Mourvèdre. Crushed stone notes accent dried spices and raspberries on the nose, while the medium to full-bodied palate delivers rich, deep fruit flavors, plenty of concentration and an impressive velvety finish. – Wine Advocate, 91-93/100