Chateau Pesquie Cuvee des Terrasses Rouge 2014
In 1985, Paul and Edith Chaudiere left their jobs in private industry (she was a voice therapist and he was a physical therapist) to study wine at one of France’s top wine universities at Suze la Rousse. 1989 marked the creation of the property in Mormoiron, one of the tiny villages dotting the beautiful countryside under the Mont Ventoux. Since then, they have been pushing the quality envelope in the zone, forcing other growers to raise quality as well.
This word Terrasses from the Latin terras, meaning "lump of earth". The Côtes du Ventoux region is characterized by alternating hills and valleys. To make the most of this exceptional terroir, grape growers and other farmers had to accomplish the colossal feat of building "terraces" into the steep hillsides, choosing especially well-protected, sunny locations. Still today, the Provence countryside boasts centuries-old olive trees planted on terraces called restanques or rébanqués in Provençal. Paul and Edith Chaudière chose this name in homage to the Provence countryside terraces their ancestors carved into carefully chosen sites.
Soils: Located on the hillside at an altitude of 280 to 310 meters and facing southeast, this vineyard is planted in gravelly soil covered with pebbles.
Aging: 35 % of this vintage is aged in oak barrels (2 or 3 years old). Bottled at the Château.
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|The unfined/unfiltered 2006 Les Terrasses Rouge, a custom cuvee made for American importer Eric Solomon, is a blend of 70% Grenache and 30% Syrah. Its deep ruby/purple hue is accompanied by a lovely bouquet of black currants, black cherries, licorice, smoke, roasted herbs, and melted licorice. Deep and full-bodied with velvety tannins, good acidity, and a long finish, this is a heck-of-a wine to drink over the next 4-5 years. This is the benchmark estate for fabulous wine in the Cotes du Ventoux. Even with the weak American dollar, it can still be purchased for a song.|