Pesquié Ascensio Ventoux Rouge 2018 Bottle size: 750ml

France, Rhône
R1,020
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Ascensio outlines the intensity and the purity of some Pesquié's best Grenaches. The Chaudière Family chose this name to celebrate the tradition of the ascent of the Mont Ventoux which goes back to the XIVth century and Petrarch. It also symbolises the magic of altitude terroirs. Ascensio is only produced in very small quantity (less than 3,000 bottles) and only on great vintages.
96
WE
New
‘Pure, pulsating black-plum and preserved-strawberry flavors take center stage in this Grenache (augmented by 5% Syrah). Matured entirely in cement tanks, it's unabashedly forward but has a thrilling veil of salt, cut stone and earth that lends lift and finesse throughout. Produced only in outstanding vintages, this bottling spectacularly expresses the power, concentration and freshness of Ventoux.’ – Anna Lee C. Iijima, Wine Enthusiast, 96/100

‘Just bottled after maturing in concrete (10% went into new oak), the 2018 Ventoux Ascensio is a blend of 95% Grenache and 5% Syrah, grown on richer, clay-limestone soils. It's seriously dark in color for a Grenache, especially one that was made with 30% whole clusters. A big, enveloping wine, it's hugely powerful, intense and tannic, with the stuffing to easily go a decade in the cellar and waves of deep purple fruit.’ – Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate, 93+/100

‘Dark cherry and black currant purée details have nice definition, while a graphite note provides spine on the gently toasted, apple wood-accented finish. Grenache and Syrah. Drink now through 2023. 75 cases made, 25 cases imported’ – James Molesworth, Wine Spectator, 91/100

More Information
Condition New
Winemaker Alexandre and Frédéric Chaudière
Alcohol 16%
Body Full-bodied
Blend information 95% Grenache and 5% Syrah
Drink to Drink or Cellar
Variety Blend
Rating WE 96
Producer information Château Pesquié, situated northeast of Avignon within the Rhône Valley, is a place that, according to Wine Spectator, looks like it has produced fine wines for decades. The estate consists of 250 acres of organic vineyards spread over the foothills of Mont Ventoux. Its landmark is the wind-whipped, white limestone peak that watches over the estate. Robert Parker calls Château Pesquié one of his 'all-time favorite producers in France', and their reputation confirms this after receiving more than a dozen 90-plus-point scores for their wines. Their wines are described as fresh, fruit-driven and exuberant, and are the best examples of today's Ventoux AOC bottlings.
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