2014 Château Pesquié "Terrasses" Ventoux (Elsewhere $14)

SKU #1340696 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.) (JD)  (3/2016)

Jancis Robinson

 Blend of Grenache and Syrah. Light to mid crimson. Quite evolved nose. Very pretty, juicy, succulent fruit. Super-friendly and charming with an attractive sucky-stony streak on the finish. Very confident and correct. Cool finish after this very ample fruit. Not the most complex wine but very well balanced.  (12/2015)

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. (JM)  (9/2015)

K&L Notes

One of the great producers of Ventoux, Chateau Pesquie has been under the watchful eye of consumers and critics alike with their forward drinking yet complex wines. The Terrasses is the flagship and always over delivers with its blend of Grenache and Syrah

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Staff Image By: Thomas Smith | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/12/2018 | Send Email
The Pesquie Ventoux is another candidate for best $10 red in the store. It has all the friendly, and approachable elements you’d look for in a Grenache/Syrah blend, but lighter and more lifted than the power-reds found Roussillon. There’s plenty of bright fruit and a hint of sweetness along with soft texture. There is plenty of vivid acid, and along with charcoal and savory tones on the palate. This is a bright, and wonderful table wine that is totally approachable, and sure to pair fantastically with your next meal.

Staff Image By: Sharon Kelly | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/6/2018 | Send Email
At a time when my tasting list is packed with the fruit-driven reds of the 2015 vintage, it is a welcome change to enjoy the subdued nature of this 2014. But don't think this has little to offer - there is much here to enjoy. The fruit is more dark cherry than rich berry, and a profile of pepper and wild herb is prominent, but not overpowering. Overall this is just an absolutely delicious, smooth-drinking wine that retains its composure but continues to titillate your palate with every sip.

Staff Image By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/6/2018 | Send Email
Every time I taste the Terrasses from Pesquie, I think, what a delicous wine and then I remember the price and think how can they do this! All from their estate in the upper reaches of Ventoux in the foothills of the Rhone's highest peak, this altitude lends intensity and balance to their wines. Intensity from the long daylight hours and balance from the cool and windy nights that keep the wines from getting over ripe. The Terrasses delivers some pretty expressive fruit and the beauty of this vintage is the softer more open structure that it offers. Lovely flavors of fig paste, blueberries and cardamom spices engulf the nose. The palate finishes with soft Maraska cherry fruit and a light peppery spices. The supplier ran a little long on inventory so we snapped up the last of the vintage for a little deeper deal, which we are passing on to you. This is a serious little wine that always goes above and beyond in its ability to charm and invigorate.

Staff Image By: Blake Conklin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/1/2018 | Send Email
Dare I say 'Steal of the century'? But seriously though, for 10 bucks, I don't think you'll find a Rhone blend that tastes this good. This was a second bottle for me after I had a bottle of champagne in a hot tub (while that sounds awesome on paper, the hangover I had the next day wasn't) and during that time, I enjoyed everything about the Terrasses Ventoux. The notes of peppery spices on the palate paired really well with a sun dried tomato pesto pasta I had made earlier. Definitely a perfect table wine and a crowd pleaser.

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Varietal:

Rhone Blends

Country:

France

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Sub-Region:

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