Just imported: Two wines from Domaine des Pasquiers
Earlier this year Phil Bernstein tasted the wines of Domaine des Pasquiers at the Découvertes en Vallée du Rhône. This annual event is spread over four days to give attendees a chance to taste the wines from over 600 Rhone wineries and negociants. It was from this large field that Phil decided to import the wines of Domaine des Pasquiers. The container of wine arrived a week ago so I grabbed the two bottlings from the store.
The Lambert family has been tending vines of Domaine des Pasquiers since 1935. Today, the two brothers, Jean-Claude and Philippe Lambert, tend 87 hectares of organic vineyards in Sablet, Plan de Dieu, and Gigondas. The brothers aim for a gentle touch through partial destemming followed by a short period in vat. This goal clearly comes through for the nose is aromatic and the palate is fresh. This freshness does not forsake a favorite characteristics I enjoy from the Rhone, the ability to age. In fact, I recommend that you cellar these selections for one year before trying them. However, if you are curious and who would not be at these prices, then double-decant them several hours ahead of time. You will find their distinct profile deserves a place in your cellar. These wines are available at MacArthur Beverages.
2013 Domaine des Pasquiers, Cotes du Rhone – $12
Imported by MacArthur Liquors. This wine is a blend of Grenache and Syrah sourced from vines located near Sablet.Alcohol 14%. There was a lively, youthful nose. In the mouth were slightly savory and dense flavors of racy, black fruit that builds strength through the finish. The structure is strong with very fine tannins. The racy bit returns in the finish. The wine is more approachable with air but it still packs in the structure. ** 2016-2020.
2012 Domaine des Pasquiers, Cuvee Prestige “Prebayon”, Sablet, Cotes du Rhone Villages – $15
Imported by MacArthur Liquors. This wine is a blend of Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvedre sourced mostly from vines 50+years of age which was aged for 12 months in vat. Alcohol 14%. There was a richer nose of blue fruit, tar, and perhaps coconut. In the mouth the blue and black fruit sported good minerality with a very fine structure. The wine has a balanced firmness that will allow for short-term development. The structure dries on the gums and builds throughout the wine such that the wine tasted markedly better on the second night. With air the black fruit and graphite minerality mix with watering acidity in this very focused wine. **(*) 2016-2025.