Château-Pesquié Terrasses Blanc 2015

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The Chaudière and Bastide families have now farmed the land of Château Pesquié in Ventoux for three generations. Odette and René purchased the Château in the early 1970’s. While the building itself dates to the 1750s the lands around it have been cultivated since the Roman era. Recent archaeological discoveries have proven that wine was made in this region as early as the 1st century BCE and the name of the property derives from the Latin name for fish ponds, pescarium – no doubt due to the springs that occur naturally near the Château.

By the mid 1980’s Odette and René’s daughter Edith and her husband Paul Chaudière had taken over the running of the estate. In 1989 Chateau Pesquié, the wine, was born. Now in the capable hands of Fred and Alex Chaudière, the sons of Edith and Paul, Château Pesquié is comprised of 100 hectares of vines. Only organic treatments and composts are used in the vineyard. Weed control is done by turning over the soil, and harvesting is done by hand. There are three main terroirs on the property: rocky limestone clay, red clay and loamy gray clay. They grow Grenache, Syrah, Carignan, Cinsault, Mourvedre, Roussanne, Clairette, Viognier, Chardonnay and Muscat. Their most common and diverse plantings are of Syrah and Grenache, each chosen specifically for their soils and exposure.

Fortunately the Ventoux has a cooler micro-climate than the vineyards near the Rhône so Fred and Alex can be guaranteed a longer and slower ripening of their fruit – especially important for these two varieties. The age of the vines ranges from 20 to well over 80 years old. All of these elements: good terroir, older vines, organic farming and hand harvesting ensure that only the best grapes reach the cellar.  Once there, Alexander oversees the winemaking utilizing stainless steel tanks for fermentation. Aging takes place in tank, concrete or barrel depending on variety and the final blends are carefully made to capture the essence of each cuvée.

Terrasses is forward and engaging, made from 30-60 year vines, this is a serious, yet charming Viognier, Roussanne, Clairette blend. For many years Chateau Pesquie produced an easy-going Viognier but when additional plantings of Clairette and Roussanne became available, the Chaudière family created a Terrasses Blanc to compliment the Rouge and Rosé that have been popular staples in the US market for over twenty years. Fermented and aged entirely in tank the classic floral and pit fruit flavors and aromatics of the Viognier are tempered with the crispness of Clairette and the creamy weight of Roussanne.

Category White Wine
Country France
Region Rhone
Appellation Cotes du Ventoux
Brand Château-Pesquié
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Wine SpectatorVery bright, with peach and melon flavors leaping forth, backed by light bitter almond and fennel hints on the finish. Fresh and engaging. Viognier, Roussanne and Clairette. Drink now. 600 cases imported.

James Molesworth