(2006 Vintage) T E R R A S S E S 2 0 0 6 D e s c r i p t i o n This word comes from the Latin terras, meaning "lump of earth". The Côtes du Ventoux region is characterized by alternating hills and valleys. To make the most of this exceptional terroir, grape growers and other farmers had to accomplish the colossal feat of building "terraces" into the steep hillsides, choosing especially well-protected, sunny locations. Still today, the Provence countryside boasts centuries-old olive read more...T E R R A S S E S 2 0 0 6 D e s c r i p t i o n This word comes from the Latin terras, meaning "lump of earth". The Côtes du Ventoux region is characterized by alternating hills and valleys. To make the most of this exceptional terroir, grape growers and other farmers had to accomplish the colossal feat of building "terraces" into the steep hillsides, choosing especially well-protected, sunny locations. Still today, the Provence countryside boasts centuries-old olive trees planted on terraces called restanques or rébanqués in Provençal. Paul and Edith Chaudière chose this name in homage to the Provence countryside terraces their ancestors carved into carefully chosen sites. S o i l Located on the hillside at an altitude of 280 to 310 meters and facing southeast, this vineyard is planted in gravelly soil covered with pebbles. G r a p e s 70 % Grenache and 30 % Syrah. V i n i f i c a t i o n a n d a g i n g The grapes are crushed and destemmed. We obtain optimal color and aroma after a fifteen day maceration. Traditional wine-making is followed by a long rest. Then the wine is naturally clarified through a series of decantings at select times. 35 % of this vintage is aged in oak barrels (2 or 3 years old). Bottled at the Château. T a s t i n g Colour: dark red colour. Nose: nose blossoming into jammy berry aromas set off by a touch of spice. Mouth: This medium to full-bodied wine with a powerful mouthfeel with elegant and onctuous tannins, is enhanced by very round cherry and black current notes finishing with spicy flavours. Food and wine pairing: Ideal with terrines, poultry (guineafowl, turkey...), roasted or grilled meats, mushroom pies, and stuffed baby vegetables. P r e s s r e v i e w Vintage 2005 : Concours des Vignerons Indépendants 2007 : gold medal GAULT ET MILLAU 2008 : 16/20 GUIDE DES MEILLEURS VINS A PETITS PRIX 2008 RVF - Classement des meilleurs vins de France 2008 : 14/20 ROBERT PARKER : 92 points (hide)
Robert Parker(2005 Vintage) "Chateau Pesquie is the finest estate in the Cotes du Ventoux, a gorgeous area east of Avignon. The best bargain is their blend of 70% Grenache and 30% Syrah, the 2005 Les Terraces. These old vines have produced a deep ruby/purple-hued wine offering notes of licorice, black olives, kirsch liqueur, spice, and pepper. Full-bodied with loads of fruit as well as a generous, savory mouthfeel, it is best drunk over the next several years."
Wine & Spirits(2006 Vintage) Another of my favorite estates in the up-and-coming Cotes du Ventoux appellation, Pesquie's inexpensive 2009 Terrasses is a custom cuvee put together by American importer Eric Solomon. Composed of 70% Grenache (from 60-year-old vines) and 30% Syrah (from 30-year-old vines), aged in neutral oak, and bottled unfined and unfiltered, this 10,000-case cuvée hits every sweet spot on the palate. Tasting more like a Chateauneuf du Pape than an inexpensive Cotes du Ventoux, this dense ruby/purple-colored wine offers up scents of licorice, black cherries, raspberries, pepper, and meat juices. Medium to full-bodied with a structured, well-delineated mouthfeel, good freshness, a heady finish, and firm, but well-balanced tannins, it should drink nicely for 2-3 years.