Chateau Pesquie Terrasses Blanc 2019
For many years we sold an easy-going Viognier from Chateau Pesquie but when additional plantings of Grenache Blanc, Clairette, and Roussanne became available we worked with the Chaudière family to create a Terrasses Blanc to complement 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 aromas of the Viognier are tempered by the crispness of Clairette and the creamy weight of Roussanne and Grenache Blanc.
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Starting with the 2019 Ventoux Terrasses Blanc from this leading estate in the Ventoux, this beauty has a fresh, more lively, vibrant style, which makes sense given that this estate is located in the Ventoux appellation, at a higher elevation and with cooler limestone soils. Notes of honeyed peach, sauteed lime, a touch of salty minerality, and plenty of white flowers all emerge from this terrific white, which is medium-bodied and offers bright acidity along with a juicy, saliva-inducing finish. It’s ideal for drinking over the coming 2-3 years, although in this case, I actually wouldn’t be surprised to see it keep longer.
The 2019 Ventoux Terrasses Blanc is the same blend as the 2018: 40% Viognier, 20% Roussanne, 20% Clairette and 20% Grenache Blanc, all vinified and matured in stainless steel. On the nose, it's spicy and floral, with some melon-like fruit, while the medium-bodied palate is silky-textured, fresh and clean, with mouthwatering pineapple notes on finish.
Chateau Pesquié is the story of three generations of passionate winemakers. Odette and René Bastide, took over the vineyard in the beginning of the 1970’s and restructured a large part of it. They used to bring their grapes to the local Cooperative.
Edith and Paul Chaudière, René & Odette’s daughter and son-in-law, decided to give up their medical careers to take over the family estate in 1985. They traveled in many wine regions (in France, Spain, Germany, the US, etc.), became sommeliers and worked on terroir selection... This led them to create their own winery in 1990, first vintage of Château Pesquié. By then, it was one of 10 independent wineries: there are now more than 120.
Fred and Alex Chaudière, the two sons of Edith & Paul, have taken over gradually since 2003 with the firm objective to take it to the next level and show the world how amazing the Ventoux terroir is!
In the 80’s, Paul Chaudière began sustainable farming. When Alexandre & Frederic took over, they started moving to organic (first plot converted in 2007). The estate is now fully converted to organic agriculture (Ecocert).
Stretching across the slopes of the Ventoux mountain in the southeastern region of the Rhône River Valley, Cotes du Ventoux excels in the production of spicy and characterful red blends based on Grenache, Syrah, and other indigenous varieties. The region also produces rich and aromatic whites and rosés.
Full-bodied and flavorful, white Rhône blends originate from France’s Rhône Valley. Today these blends are also becoming popular in other regions. Typically some combination of Grenache Blanc, Marsanne, Roussanne and Viognier form the basis of a white Rhône blend with varying degrees of flexibility depending on the exact appellation. Somm Secret—In the Northern Rhône, blends of Marsanne and Roussanne are common but the south retains more variety. Marsanne, Roussanne as well as Bourboulenc, Clairette, Picpoul and Ugni Blanc are typical.