2012 Château Pesquié "Terrasses" Ventoux

SKU #1161854 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 In the same mold and an awesome value year in and year out, the 2012 Cotes du Ventoux Cuvee des Terrasses is a blend of 70% Grenache (60-year-old vines) and 30% Syrah (30+-year-old vines) that was aged two-thirds in concrete (and some in stainless steel) and one-third in older oak. Made from a blend of different terroirs on the estate (and basically declassified Quintessence) and coming from hillside vineyards lying between 840-930 feet in elevation, it offers up a gorgeously pure, supple and seamless profile with kirsch and berry-styled fruit, licorice and spring flower-like qualities all emerging from the glass. Elegant, forward and delicious, it gains in stature in the glass, is ridiculously textured from such an inexpensive wine, and has sweet tannin emerging on the finish. Buy this thrill ride of a Cotes du Ventoux by the case and enjoy bottles over the coming 3-5 years. Easily one of my favorite estates from the up-and-coming Ventoux region, Chateau Pesquie is run by the talented brothers, Alexandre & Frederic Chaudiere. The wines sell for a song, yet always deliver high-quality, loads of character and impeccably made profiles. (JD)  (12/2013)

Jancis Robinson

 70% Grenache, 30% Syrah. Hardly any oak...Very jolly, lively and friendly even if far from serious. (JR)  (11/2013)


 (70% grenache and 30% syrah): Bright ruby. Fresh dark berries and cracked pepper on the nose and palate. Supple and easygoing, finishing with good clarity and decent spice-tinged length. (JR)  (4/2014)

Wine Spectator

 Black cherry, anise and plum cake notes are melded together, with a light peppery hint on the friendly finish. 8,500 cases imported. (JM)  (10/2013)

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Staff Image By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/21/2016 | Send Email
Here is a super value in a rock solid wine from a great vintage that sells for a song: what more is there to say? This is smooth and seamless with a creamy texture to the core of cherry and plum fruit which is bolstered by a touch of spice. The wine is plump, rich, easy to drink and perfect for parties or BBQ's so buy by the case.

Staff Image By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/25/2016 | Send Email
The Pesquie is always a lush and inviting wine. Capturing the essence of Ventoux with its red raspberry fruit flavors, notes of garrigue, a hint of cedar and Moroccan spices, this is a wine to give you warm fuzzy feelings on a cool night. Serve with spiced lamb, a Provencal chicken stew or just some grilled vegetables with a bit of goat cheese. Great for every day of the week!

Staff Image By: Ryan Moses | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/25/2016 | Send Email
Powerful aromas of brambly red fruits and a hint of cedar set the stage for a big wine, but on the palate it remains graceful with currant, lavender, and blackberry. Texturally it shows refinement of some Chateauneufs from a more open vintage. All this is to say that it certainly over-delivers at $13. Whats more, I find that it is hard to put wines at this pricepoint away until they're fully resolved - being able to pick this up two years later at release pricing in its ready-to-drink phase is certainly an added bonus.

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Alcohol Content (%): 14