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 Vintage2010 Label 2 of 17 
(NOTE: Label borrowed from 2009 vintage.)
TypeRed
ProducerChâteau Pesquié (web)
VarietyRed Rhone Blend
DesignationQuintessence
Vineyardn/a
CountryFrance
RegionRhône
SubRegionSouthern Rhône
AppellationVentoux
UPC Code(s)4000122666821, 805109162082

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2013 and 2018 (based on 10 user opinions)

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 89.4 pts. and median of 89 pts. in 43 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by Number51 on 3/28/2015 & rated 90 points: 2010 Quintessence has a fine balance with flavors of crushed autumn leaves, shrimp shell, low sodium soy sauce, blackberries, rainforest, and ashes. It is quite dry. Finish is a tad light and does not match the level of the wine's complexity. 15% alc. (234 views)
 Tasted by Bob in NC on 12/21/2014 & rated 88 points: An excellent QPR Rhone blend. The primarily Syrah fruit played very well with the BBQ sauce on smoked brisket. (655 views)
 Tasted by Neras on 11/2/2014 & rated 93 points: What happened here. After two lacklustre performances, this is now shining. Fruity nose, balanced on the palace with fruit and rounded tannins. Great! (854 views)
 Tasted by RussK on 10/8/2014 & rated 91 points: Russk CDC. Liked more than I would expect. Complex nose of perfume and coriander. Smell of syrah, but jot young syrah. Full bodied. 91- (984 views)
 Tasted by go74 on 5/20/2014 & rated 89 points: Wine is very good, however, I am not lover of such style. Too alcoholic and dense for me. A monster of wine. Sorry, if it sounded harsh... (1562 views)
 Tasted by sjmotta on 3/4/2014 & rated 90 points: Deep purple in glass. Muted nose. Elegant mouthfeel, with restrained black fruit. Medium acidity. Everything is just in balance, and this matches terrifically with savory poultry dishes. A lovely wine. (1823 views)
 Tasted by Cellar Hand on 1/17/2014 & rated 88 points: Clear dark ruby with the legs quick to form and staining. Nose is clean rich ripe dark berry with only a subtle hint of oak. The palate is lush in the mouth and rich like the nose. Med acidity, Med tannin, Med + body. Developing to mature and wonderful now. a hint of overly extracted (1630 views)
 Tasted by Bob in NC on 1/5/2014 & rated 88 points: Enjoyable wine with predominate fruit forward Syrah characteristics. (1669 views)
 Tasted by Point Bob Plonk on 12/21/2013 & rated 91 points: Great qpr. (1093 views)
 Tasted by Point Bob Plonk on 12/21/2013 & rated 90 points: Great qpr (1574 views)
 Tasted by Ilikadajuice on 12/1/2013 & rated 90 points: Perfect match for thanksgiving dinner. (1090 views)
 Tasted by chozajab4 on 11/8/2013 & rated 91 points: This is a big boy, made from 80% Syrah & 20% Grenache. Strong, dark and formidable. Holds its own, esp after only having paid $10 bucks for it. Good find and recco! (997 views)
 Tasted by wineglas on 10/30/2013 & rated 88 points: Hennepin Lake's Annual Tasting (Tons of Napa Cabs); 10/30/2013-11/2/2013: Nice wine with floral, mushrooms, spices and red currants. Short to medium finish but lacks acidity. (1663 views)
 Tasted by rplumbo on 10/21/2013 & rated 91 points: Really nice expression of young Grenache. Great balance and clear fruit. Drink now, drink later. (1045 views)
 Tasted by Jobu on 9/2/2013: Lousy, wet cork. Figured it was garbage. Surprisingly not corked. Big fruity full bodied wine. 90+ as I had it, but may be a bit better if the cork effected my bottle just a bit. (1324 views)
 Tasted by jset22 on 9/1/2013 & rated 86 points: Decent w BBQ. Definitely tannic on the back end, but good mix of fruit up front. (1166 views)
 Tasted by JuliannaD on 7/3/2013 & rated 88 points: Very dark in the glass with a moderate perfume nose. This medium bodied wine has a very smoky meaty flavor to it along with plum flavors. A good purchase. (1428 views)
 Tasted by Night Thief on 3/3/2013 & rated 89 points: Bold, currants, chewy tannins. Pretty good but seemed slightly out of balance. High alcohol presence. Probably could benefit from a few years in the cellar. (1925 views)
 Tasted by Ben Christiansen on 1/15/2013: Big, rich, very tasty indeed. (2236 views)
 Tasted by Euell Gophar on 12/26/2012 & rated 89 points: Opened too soon but this preview gives tidings of promise. Dark berries and a hint if chocolate with maturing tannins. Substantial flavors. (1847 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 9/22/2012 & rated 91 points: Very nice. Need a few more years. (2396 views)
 Tasted by MRichman on 9/4/2012: Dense and chewy with dark fruit, black coffee, burnt tannins and rubber. Fine long tannic finish with some dried herbs and a bit of baking spices. Has a suave, classy, modern overall feel but not sweet, international or anonymous. Needs a few years in bottle IMO and will evolve for 10 years. Very nice and worth the price.
B (2373 views)
 Tasted by Villon on 7/23/2012 & rated 90 points: Très beau, style moderne, le bois doit s'intégrer. 90+ (2093 views)
 Tasted by jmcmchi on 7/16/2012 & rated 85 points: Light garnet color; nose of bacon fat and some tar on the back. On palate moderate fruit and more acid than expected with this blend. Over produced (1611 views)
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Château Pesquié

Producer website | Producer page on Importer website

Run by the Chaudiere family in the town of Mormoiron
Producer Location (Google Maps)

Red Rhone Blend

Read about the different grapes used to produce red and white Rhone wines
On CellarTracker, Red Rhone Blend is the term for a wine consisting of two or more of the traditional 13 Southern Rhone grape varieties. Typically it's the Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre or Cinsault grapes, but can also contain the Muscardin, Counoise, Clairette, Bourboulenc, Picpoul, Roussanne, Terret Noir, Picardan or Vaccarese grapes.


A 'food' wine. Lacking pretension and intended for local consumption with local cuisine. Lacks the 'high' notes on a Bordeaux, more earthy and sharper so often a better partner to meat dishes with a sauce.

France

Vins de France (Office National Interprofessionnel des Vins ) | Pages Vins, Directory of French Winegrowers | French Wine (Wikipedia)

Rhône

Guide to the wines, wineries and appellations in the Rhone Valley The Rhône Valley/Le Vins de la Vallée du Rhône (Comité Interprofession des vins AOC Côtes et vallée du Rhône)

Southern Rhône

Guide to the wines, wineries and appellations in the Southern Rhone Valley

RP APPRAISAL OF SOUTHERN RHONE VINTAGES:
WA: 2011 88R / 2010 98T / 2009 93E/ 2008 86R / 2007 98E / 2006 92R / 2005 95T / 2004 88R / 2003 90I / 2002 58C / 2001 96T / 2000 98E

### 2005 ###
In southern Rhone, 2005 was a below average sized crop, because of continuing drought and the fact that there are so many old vineyards where low yields are the rule of thumb even in an abundant year. While 2005 is truly an excellent vintage in the south, I do not believe it is a compellingly great vintage, because it has more in common with beefed up, improved version of 1995 than with what I consider an irrefutably great vintage like 1998, 2001 or even 2000. Certainly the wines have plenty of structure and possess fresher, more vibrant acidities than most years provide. The top wines also display impressive levels of concentration. However all the 2005s tend to reveal a certain firmness, and if the grapes were picked too soon, or the vinification/upbringing were not carefully handled, there is a toughness and austerity to the tannins that ultimately will prove to be problematic. Nevertheless, there is an ocean of top wines.


### 2007 ###
The 2007 vintage in Southern France was wonderful. Here is what controversial Robert M. Parker (Wine Advocate Issue 179) said about it, “Throughout the southern Rhône, 2007 is the greatest vintage I have tasted in my thirty years working in that region. I think of 2007 as a hypothetical blend of an opulent, powerful, sumptuous year such as 1990, and a cooler draught vintage such as 2001. The cool weather and the remarkable three weeks of Mistral in September that concentrated the grapes without any spikes of high heat appears to have given the 2007s an aromatic dimension and freshness that I have rarely witnessed. Combine that with wines that are substantial, powerful, and relatively high in alcohol, with super depth of fruit! These are very aromatic wines of great concentration, freshness, laser-like focus, and amazing purity as well as depth. It is the vintage of my lifetime for this region, and I don’t say that lightly.”

### 2010 ###
Robert Parker, on the 2010 vintage:
"Some producers think 2010 eclipses 2007 because of the wines' vivid freshness and focus. Throughout the southern Rhône, the hallmarks of the vintage are very dense purple, sometimes even blue/black colors as well as higher acid levels that have not been seen since 2004 and 2001. In fact, 2010's paradox is that I can't remember a vintage so concentrated, powerful and rich that also has such zesty acidity. The 2010s will have significant aging potential, which is obvious in the level of tannins, but the tannins are sweet with exceptional elegance and finesse. The ratio of high extractive and phenolic skins to the juice has produced wines of extraordinary intensity, freshness, aromatic potential and obvious longevity. This is another great vintage that offers an embarrassment of riches for this region that has enjoyed a succession of extraordinary years."

### 2011 ###
- "has most Rhône vintners exceedingly optimistic for a third straight outstanding year…" -Wine Spectator
- "fans of fruit-forward, accessible wines will find plenty to like from '11, which looks to be an ideal candidate for restaurants as well as for wine lovers…" -Stephen Tanzer
- “we have got 2011 which is a combination of these two great vintages." -Michel Chapoutier on how 2011 is a combination of the 2009 and 2010 vintage
- The 2011 Southern Rhone Region was Rated 89-92 by Wine Spectator's Vintage Chart!

(By Wine Spectator
2011 Vintage Report: France
A first look at vintage quality in French wine regions, with eyewitness reports from growers and winemakers
Posted: November 14, 2011
Rhône Valley
The 2011 harvest has most Rhône vintners exceedingly optimistic for a third straight outstanding year, though a handful rued some late rains and heat that blemished what could have been a perfect growing season.

By Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
2011 and 2010 Southern Rhone Wines
By Josh Raynolds
Jan/Feb 2013
"...fans of fruit-forward, accessible wines will find plenty to like from '11, which looks to be an ideal candidate for restaurants as well as for wine lovers who lack the facilities or patience for long-term storage.
Fans of graceful, fruit-driven Rhone wines will find plenty to like from 2011 and, as was the case in 2008, 2006 and 2004…"

By vitabella.fr
Michel Chapoutier on 2011 in Rhone Valley: A detailed Early Report
26 Octobre 2011
The tastings of the 2011 vintage have recently given an opportunity for Michel Chapoutier to give his first impressions of the quality of this vintage for the appellations of the Rhone Valley. Prior to the presentation of each appellation, he noted that "after a warm and sunny 2009 vintage that resulted in the exuberance of grape varieties, 2010 was a fresher year with slow maturities which generally gave tense wines - to those who were able to wait for the phenolic maturity - some mineral wines, elegant with an outward expression of the soil, we have got 2011 which is a combination of these two great vintages. "
"This 2011 harvest in Rhone Valley was both early and late: a real paradox!"

By Wine Spectator’s Vintage Chart
Southern Rhone
Vintage: 2011
Score: 89-92
Drink Rec: NYR
Description: Warm spring, but cool, wet weather in July and August led to uneven ripening; Indian summer saved the vintage. Grenache is light, but Syrah and Mourvèdre strong, so blending key; there will be some excellent wines, but heterogenous from domaine to domaine.)

 
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