Today I am pleased to open and taste a bottle of Château Pesquié Terrasses Red 2019 from the Ventoux AOC. A wine made with 60% Grenache and 40% Syrah. I will be interviewing one of the owners, Frédéric Chaudière, about his wine and about the AOC Ventoux. The AOC is very interesting as Mont Ventoux controls the temperature of the region due to its elevation, which allows for warm days, but then cool nights to allow the grapes to mature, but also to retain their acidity, which makes for fresh wines. I am also interested to hear Frédéric’s thoughts on their vineyards as they have been following biodynamic practices since 2015.
My Wine Tasting Notes
Château Pesquié Terrasses Red 2019 (BC $19.99)
According to the winery, “The grapes are crushed and destemmed. We obtain optimal color and aroma after a fifteen days maceration. Traditional winemaking is followed by a long rest. Then the wine is naturally clarified through a series of decanting at select times, no fining. No ageing, bottled at the estate.”
Appearance: A deeper ruby colour, but still translucent to the core. About 80% opaque.
Nose: Medium intensity that starts with ripe berries and touches of sweet spices and oak, but with swirling you get bramble berries and darker fruit aromas. The wine has ripe berries, bramble berries, sweet spices and oak, but adds blackberries with decanting.
Palate: Dry, starts off-semi smooth with a thin mouthfeel, but again with swirling this wine opens up, gets rounder and smoother. It has tart acidity and medium intensity fine-grained tannins. Swirling brings out plums, raspberries, black cherries and blackberry flavours. You get black pepper starting at the mid-palate. The wine is round and soft after decanting, and has medium acidity. Soft fruit flavours with plums, raspberries and blackberries. No black cherry flavour, but you now get a very nice touch of cocoa on the palate.
Finish: A medium-plus length finishing with firmer, drying tannins. Black cherries and plums, plus black pepper flavours. Similar finish with decanting, less black cherries.
This wine is nice to drink whether or not it is decanted. An easy to drink wine that I think would go well with simple dishes like pizza or kebabs. This wine is vegan-friendly as well, if that is an issue for you.
Rating: A deeper ruby colour. Ripe berries, bramble berries, and touches of sweet spices andoak. Dry with a rounder smooth mouthfeel if you give this wine some swirling in your glass. Tart acidity and medium intensity fine grained tannins. Primarily plums on the palate, alng with some raspberries, blackberries and light pepperiness.