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| ||Tasted by juffer on 8/15/2012 & rated 88 points: Treated this bottle differently than others I tasted recently (see prevous notes) by pairing it with eggs and garlic rather than meat in order to try to coax out the remaining fruit. Seemed to work. Also found a more interesting mineral nose this time. (1662 views)|
| ||Tasted by juffer on 5/11/2012 & rated 84 points: Consistent with previous notes. Wine seems to be past its prime in terms of loss of fruit. Will see if any secondary flavors evolve on second day, since there is still a bit of grip in the finish, but am skeptical. (1703 views)|
| ||Tasted by juffer on 2/17/2012 & rated 87 points: Drink up. The fruit has faded. There's a pleasant oak induced herbal-pepperiness still left, with still firm tannins. But I don't think this will improve. (1701 views)|
| ||Tasted by VegasOenophile on 11/4/2011 & rated 93 points: Dusty nose of dried red berry fruit and dried leaves. Strawberry. Hints of black tea and rose petal. On the palate, it's savory and still retains great berry fruit. Some roasted coffee and dark chocolate tones. Loads of red and black fruit emerge on the nose and palate with more time and air. Great structure and balance and once open, it continued to improve and evolve, getting better and better. Delicious wine with great structure and balance. (1797 views)|
| ||Tasted by getkrunk on 3/21/2010: I think this baby was just a tad old. After about 30 min in the decanter it did come around and turned pleasant but never good. Some fruit left but more on the stewed side. Not bad but wish I had drunk it earlier because it was delicious at one time. (2075 views)|
| ||Tasted by aktormedic on 11/25/2009: Surprised that this was mostly syrah, seemed like a Grenache heavy cuvee... A little muted on the nose, but a nice savory flavor with a fairly long finish. Lost all verve the next few days. (1250 views)|
| ||Tasted by Mattshank on 11/18/2009 & rated 91 points: On par with the bottle tasted on 12/23/08. The orchid pungentcy and white pepper are in full force. Really nice wine for the $. (1175 views)|
| ||Tasted by sdylewski on 5/30/2009: I remember this being nicely fruity without being CA style. (741 views)|
| ||Tasted by Mattshank on 4/24/2009 & rated 90 points: Notes consistant with last bottle but less of the orchid pungentcy and more white pepper. The palate is also similar but the white pepper is present. Great QPR. (1295 views)|
| ||Tasted by Mattshank on 12/23/2008 & rated 91 points: Nose: Meaty with an interesting orchid pungentcy, wet stone/natural cellar aromas, dust, and a hint of black cherry. Palate: Firm tannins upfront with spice, and nuances of leather and cherry. This is the first wine I have had from this appellation. Stylistically it is like Chateauneuf meets Cotes du Rhone, and while not a profound wine, is very interesting and multi-faceted; particularily the nose. (1321 views)|
| ||Tasted by Jim and Patricia on 10/18/2008: We really loved this wine. We had it with Chipotle burritos and it was great! We would definitely buy this wine again. (1370 views)|
| ||Tasted by rmodak on 2/5/2008 & rated 88 points: Sour black cherry, raw meat, garrigue with a silky mouthfeel and slightly chunky finish. A bit more rich fruit to match the complexity would raise the score. Drink up. (1624 views)|
| ||Tasted by vinole on 11/17/2007 & rated 90 points: Consistent with earlier note. (1783 views)|
| ||Tasted by vinole on 10/11/2007 & rated 90 points: A little age has made for a very smooth wine, featuring black cherry fruit with notes of pepper and oak. A lovely 25 sec finish. (1808 views)|
| ||Tasted by tnc on 1/4/2007 & rated 90 points: Ruby color, pink edge. Great fruit, licorice, blackberry and raspberry with a slight white pepper. Awesome wine, would certainly buy more. (2005 views)|
| ||Tasted by colinsegovis on 11/1/2006 & rated 85 points: Tight initially and dominated by flavors of earth. 12 hrs after opening nose displayed black fruit and spice which carried through to the palate. Not as impressive as I had hoped. (1921 views)|
| ||Tasted by egh on 9/2/2006 & rated 88 points: Fairly complex nose of black fruits, pepper, smoked meat, and oak. While the palate could not match the nose for depth and complexity, this wine was tasty nonetheless. Medium bodied with lots of black fruit on the mid-palate with soft tannins emerging on the finish. (2294 views)|
| ||Tasted by TashNYC on 8/19/2006 & rated 88 points: With Deni, Linda, Jen & I, at NJ BBQ (Little Silver, NJ): This wine had some interesting black fruit, oak and spice notes--all packed densely together--but wasn't nearly as good as the most wonderful version 2000. Good with our BBQ, but disappointing, relative to my expectations. (2219 views)|
| ||Tasted by Decaturwinedude on 3/22/2006 & rated 87 points: I just have not enjoyed the '01 version of this as much as te stellar 2000 and 1999. Last bottle opened last night and there wasn't mcuh change since my bottle in Oct. Decent nose of dark fuit with little stink, but the mid-palate was thin and not much of a finish. Rather simple and reminded me of an $8 table wine. I'm not sure that my 3 bottles weren't slightly flawed. (2650 views)|
| ||Tasted by umazz on 11/30/2005 & rated 85 points: big and fruity, sour like a typical rhone. (1155 views)|
| ||Tasted by Decaturwinedude on 11/12/2005 & rated 88 points: Wasn't too impressed with this last night especially considering how great the '99 and '00 were. This may just need some time. There was little fruit present last night, just a lot of earthiness. A decent mouthfeel, but not much depth. I rushed it last night and didn't decant which may have impacted this experience. Some left to try tonight. (2726 views)|
| ||Tasted by TashNYC on 6/21/2005: from Eric: |
It needed some time to coax itself out of the glass. Now revealing ripe fruit, spice and creamy oak. It's a big wine that is dense and full with savoury meaty tones alongside red and black fruits. Spice and pepper lead to just the right amount of oak to round the wne out and give it a long spicy, creamy finish. Cracking wine for drinking over the next 5 or more years. (2878 views)
| ||Tasted by DianeR on 9/11/2004 & rated 89 points: Tasted at Washington Golf and Country Club. The wine is smooth and intriguing, possibly served too warm but showing well despite that. Fruity, with an evident core of soft tannin, the wine was delicious. It was light enough to pair well with the crab cakes, although a white would have been better. Overall, an enjoyable wine by the glass - and one I wouldn't mind having at home. (2730 views)|
| ||Tasted by spidersva on 5/5/2003: Super for the price- nice depth (1932 views)|
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Château Pesquié Producer website | Producer page on Importer website
Run by the Chaudiere family in the town of Mormoiron
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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
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
"...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…"
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
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.)