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Château Pesquié Côtes du Ventoux Terrasses 2013"Terrasses" comes from the Latin terras, meaning "lump of earth". The Ventoux region is characterized by alternating hills and valleys. To make the most of the exceptional terroir, vine growers and other farmers had to accomplish the colossal feat of building "terraces" into the steep hillsides. Today, they are very typical of their landscapes and also called restanques or rébanques in Provencal. The Chaudiere family chose this name in homage to the terraces their ancestors carved into the carefully chosen sites, and to the garden of Château Pesquié itself.
Soil: Gravelly soil covered with pebbles and limestone; iron oxide rich sand and clay
Elevation: 300+/- MetersVarieties: 60% Grenache, 40% Syrah (with some traces of Carignan, Cinsault, and Mourvedre)
grapes are crushed and destemmed, optimum color and aroma is attained
15 days after maceration. Traditional wine-making is followed by long
rest. The wine is then naturally clarified through a series of decanting
at select times.
Aging: 30% of the vintage is aged in oak barrels (2-4 years old) or in oak tanks for about 6 months.
Tasting Notes: Deep
ruby color, intense nose with spicy notes (especially black pepper) and
red berries. Offers balance and round tannins with floral and spicy
91 Points - Wine Advocate
On Sale $13.99 (reg. $16.99)/$140 for a case of 12Château Puech-Haut Prestige Rouge 2013One only needs to glance briefly through the notes of Jancis Robinson, Robert Parker, Andrew Jefford and David Schildknecht (among many others) to discover their love affair with the Languedoc; and by that, we mean a head-over-heels, butterflies-in-the-stomach kind of love. We've had affection for the region since the humble beginnings of European Cellars when their motto was "unknown...and unsold"-
an affection that remains as exciting today as it did 25 years ago.
Château Puech-Haut has been on the critic's radar for some time- which makes sense since the property has employed Michel Rolland, Claude Gros, and now Philippe Cambie as their consulting enologist. Visionary owner Gérard Bru spares no expense in his quest for excellence. Located quite clo
se to Pic Saint-Loup, in Saint-Drézéry, Puech-Haut is near the far western border of the Rhône valley and benefits from both its proximity to the Mediterranean and the rugged, mountainous interior of France. There are slightly over 50 hectares planted with Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre, Cinsault, Carignan, Viognier, Marsanne, Roussanne, Grenache Blanc and Carignan Blanc. The wines from Puech-Haut are rich and lush but also show the earthy and mineral character of the rocky clay-limestone soils of the region.
Appellation: Côteaux du Languedoc - Saint Drézéry
Soil: Clay limestone, gravel
Elevation: 120 MetersVarieties: Grenache, Syrah
Farming: Practicing biodynamic
Fermentation: Hand harvested, fermentation in concrete
Aging: 12 months in a concrete tank
93 Points - 2013 Prestige Rouge - Wine Advocate On Sale $19.99 (reg. $21.99)/$199 for a case of 12
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