Chateau Pesquie Quintessence 2017 - 750ml
93 Points Jeb Dunnuck
A blend of 80% Syrah and 20% Grenache, the 2017 Ventoux Quintessence offers a complex bouquet of Herbes de Provence, ripe cherries, ground pepper, and orange zest. It's medium-bodied, silky and sexy on the palate, with fine tannin, terrific fruit, and a great, great finish. Drink it any time over the coming decade.
Over the centuries, the Château has passed through the hands of many noblemen, including the Counts of Mormoiron, the Marquis de Reilhanette, and the Lords of Maubec. For the last 50 years it has belonged to the Chaudière family who have managed to conserve the remarkable charm of this imposing Provencal construction. Its apparent serenity and natural elegance satisfy all the conditions of a splendid estate.
The Provencal word "pesquié" is used to describe a vivarium or pond and is related to the lexical field of water, a vital element in the dry climates of Provence. The castle itself is built on an exceptional site, with two springs crossing underneath it. There are over a dozen fountains in the grounds. It may be that there are still some water nymphs protecting this privileged spot!
25 kilometres long, 15 kilometres wide, and peaking at 1912 metres above sea level, Mont Ventoux has a unique geological, cultural, and historical background, and is home to an incredible biodiversity.
Listed as a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 1990 and more recently as a Regional Natural Park, it has earned its nickname as the Giant of Provence. It is a crossroads between several worlds. It is known for its magnificent landscapes and is a bridge between the Provence irrigated by the plains of Comtat and the harsher, more arid Provence of the high plateaus. With its multitude of natural ecosystems and 55,000 ha of forest, Mont Ventoux is home to an exceptional biodiversity. These different landscapes are full of different plant species – green and white oak, beech, mountain pine, and all sorts of animals: stags, deer, wild boar, mountain sheep, chamois, over 120 species of birds, reptiles, etc.
In the 80’s, Paul Chaudière began sustainable farming. When Alexandre & Frederic took over, they started moving to organic (first plot converted in 2007). The estate is now fully converted to organic agriculture (Ecocert).
Acidity: 6.0 g/L
Aged in Barrels of French Oak for 15 months.
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