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Château Pesquié Quintessence Rougetext
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Château Pesquié Quintessence Rouge 2018

Sud de France, FranceWe revisit this wine 20 months down the road, and it's completely on track. Quintessence Rouge is an 80/20 blend of syrah/grenache. The latest journey for Château Pesquié began in 1990 from tightly selected plots of 50+ year old, south-facing vines that sit between 250-350 meters above sea level, on an old uplifted seabed of clay and limestone. The yields are impressively low at 30-35 hectolitres per hectare. A traditional maceration runs three to four weeks with pumpovers for aeration before the blend is aged twelve to fifteen months in a mix of stainless steel and cement. The colour is opaque, the nose reminiscent of Bing cherries, dried thyme, and black olives. The palate is rich and meaty with more black fruits, licorice, and black pepper flecked with orange peel. This is serious Ventoux at a great price. If anything, the extra ageing in the bottle has allowed the components to meld further and become an even richer presentation. Think venison, wild boar, or turkey as matching menu items. There is no rush to drink this label. As before, the freshness and vitality of this organic red is beguiling.Tasted: 30 November 2020Tasted by: Prices: BC 33.00 select private retailers AB 30.00 select private retailers ON 42.95 consignment QC 24.15 SAQ Producer: Château PesquiéDistributors: Appellation Wine Marketing
Blend: Syrah - GrenacheCSPC: 092916UPC: 3760149591520