Variety: 80% Syrah, 20% Grenache
AGE OF VINES: 50+
FARMING Certified sustainable (FARRE) & conversion to organic (ECOCERT)
SOIL: Loamy gray clay, red clay
ALTITUDE: 250-350 meters
FERMENTATION: Destemmed and crushed, 3 week maceration, fermented in tank
AGING: 18 months in French oak barrels (50% new)
Chateau Pesquie Quintessence Rouge was first made in 1990 by Paul Chaudiere. At that time this region was considered a backwater of the Rhone, 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.