2013 Château Pesquié "Terrasses" Ventoux

SKU #1302537 91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Always a terrific value, the 2014 Ventoux Terrasses is no exception and offers complex, classic southern Rhone notes of dried garrigue, pepper, spice-box, licorice and sweet cherry fruit. These carry to a medium to full-bodied, elegant and balanced red that gains depth and richness with time in the glass, has loads Provencal character and a great finish. Made from a blend of 60% Grenache and 40% Syrah that was aged in tank and old barrels, it can last for 7-8 years (I know as I just finished a case of the ’05, which was still going strong at age 10.) While 2013 and 2014 were difficult in the southern Rhone, readers should keep in mind that Ventoux is a huge region that has a varied climate that’s often quite different than what’s seen closer to the Rhone River. Chateau Pesquie is without a doubt one of the top estate in Ventoux and the wines are under-priced given their quality. (JD)  (3/2016)

Wine Spectator

 Offers a velvety feel, with lush cherry and plum sauce flavors lined with a light lavender note. Pure and very tasty. Grenache and Syrah. Drink now. 33,300 cases made. (JM)  (9/2015)

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By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/29/2017 | Send Email
Ventoux is one of those appellations that often confuses many a wine-enthusiast. Most don't know where it is or what it's about. The region sits on the southeastern end of the Rhone appellation just below Mont Ventoux. It is to the east of Gigondas and south of all the other Cotes du Rhone appellations. This oversized region has a diversity of microclimates and soil types that heavily influence the individual estates of the region and are less affected by vintage variation. Pesquie sits above 300 meters between the Mediterranean to the south and the Alps just to the north. Mont Ventoux is part of the pre-alps and is the largest mountain in the region. This confluence of mountain and Mediterranean is what makes the terroir and wines of Pesquie so special. The wine itself is a beauty of brambly black fruit, Indian spices, toasty tobacco and grilled meat. This little savory wonder captures the essence of Ventoux with its cooler climate flavors emboldened by the warm Mediterranean afternoons. A spectacular rendition from the Rhone.

By: Diana Turk | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/28/2017 | Send Email
While the last vintage was delicious, it was a bit heavy-handed on the baked fruit. This 2013 feels much more balanced and a touch greener, with surprisingly bright acid and a hit of Provencal herbs. The fruit shows as more vivid blackberry, but retains the classic dark plum flavors and structure of previous releases. A perfect BBQ wine that still has enough brooding sophistication to impress dinner guests, Château Pesquié "Terrasses" is a value-priced summer staple to pair with meals well into cooler seasons as well.

By: Thomas Smith | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/19/2017 | Send Email
The nose points towards savory characteristics: bloody, charcoal, charcuterie. A perfect pairing for a murder mystery. Dark and brooding, on the palate there are plenty of black fruits with a slightly sweet undertone. This is exactly the kind of wine I really like and will totally end up taking home on a Tuesday.

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Varietal:

Rhone Blends

Country:

France

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Rhone

- Legendary wine-producing region in southeast France. Stereotypically speaking, Rhone wines are high in alcohol, and the majority produced is red. The northern Rhone is best known for outstanding 100% Syrah wines from areas such as Cote Rotie and Hermitage, as well as for fabulous white wines from Condrieu (where Viognier is king). In the southern Rhone, look for spicy, full-bodied wines that are blends of Grenache, Syrah, and other varietals coming from appellations such as Chateauneuf du Pape, Gigondas, or Rasteau. Wines labeled as Cote du Rhone or Cotes du Rhone Village (a cut above generic Cotes du Rhone) are frequently found here in the US because they often represent some of the best values on the market. View our bestselling Rhone Valley wines.
Alcohol Content (%): 14