(2016 Vintage) Old Vines Grenache is a perfect everyday red wine for the summer, and the Le Paradou 2012 from Chateau Pesquie is flat out delicious for $10. The 75 year old Grenache vines gives this red plenty of complexity, but at the end of the day, this is just a fun wine. The vineyard sites are all at high altitudes in the mountains of the Luberon and as such, produce wines with good acidity and bright fruit as opposed to the more dense and rich wines coming from the Rhone valley floor. You're initially bombarded with aromas of raspberries, plum and spice. The medium bodied palate is then framed by soft tannins and vibrant acidity. It's a great pizza and pasta wine to be enjoyed any day of the week and at 13.5% alcohol, this French red doesn't drink hot or boozy.
Robert Parker(2016 Vintage) "The Le Paradou label is a joint venture between the Ventoux's Chateau Pesquie Chaudiere family and importer Eric Solomon. The 2016 Vin de France, which has already been bottled, is 100% Grenache and comes from vines in the Ventoux and the Roussillon's Agly Valley. It was brought up all in concrete tank. Deep ruby colored, with awesome notes of garrigue, pepper, kirsch and dark fruits, this beauty hits the palate with medium to full-bodied richness, no hard edges and a great finish. It sells for a song and way over-delivers." The Wine Advocate, 90 Points