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Château Pesquié Ascensio
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Château Pesquié Ascensio 2017

Ventoux, Southern Rhone, Rhone Valley, FranceAscensio is one of three single vineyard labels made at Château Pesquié alongside Artemia and Silica. Its name celebrates the tradition of the ascent of the Mont Ventoux which goes back to the XIVth century. It also symbolizes the magic of altitude terroirs. Ascensio is only produced in tiny quantity (less than 3000 bottles) and only in exceptional vintages. The grapes, 95 grenache and 5 syrah, are grown over a limestone-driven site. There is no wood involved, and all ageing is in concrete. The fruit is late picked in October and only partially destemmed leaving 30 percent whole-cluster. It is a giant wine with a rich and overpowering nose of black raspberries, dark plums, licorice, mineral, and dried herb notes. Like all the Pesquie wines, it manages all its intensity by remaining fresh and vibrant. There is no rush to drink this remarkable wine but if you must, think of equally rich dishes like bœuf bourguignon or venison.Tasted: 12 August 2019Tasted by: Anthony GismondiPrices: BC 99.99 private wine shops AB 95.00 private wine shops ON 125.00 consignment QC 99.75 SAQ Producer: Château PesquiéDistributors: Appellation Wine Marketing
Blend: Grenache - SyrahCSPC: 163822UPC: 3760149593661