Château Pesquié Quintessence Rouge was first made in 1990 by Paul Chaudière as an attempt to show that the Ventoux was capable of producing a wine as rich and compelling as anything else in the Rhône valley. At that time this region was considered a backwater of the Rhône, only capable of producing cheap, bulk wine. Largely due to the efforts of Paul, and now his sons Alex and Fred, the Ventoux's reputation has never been better and Quintessence remains one of the benchmark wines of the region and a tremendous value. Quintessence is a blend of primarily Syrah with a small proportion of Grenache - all from 50 year old vines planted at an elevation of 250-350m.
Rather ripe, with crushed plum and boysenberry fruit inlaid liberally with dark anise and fruitcake notes. Presents a fleshy and velvety feel through the finish, revealing a dose of toasted vanilla to boot. A crowd-pleasing style. Drink now through 2017. 600 cases imported.