Wine Subscription - February 2016
This Month we take you to South of France, Rhone Valley with the prestigious Chateau Pesquie.
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The region is generally divided into 2 sub-regions with distinct viniculture traditions, the Northern Rhone and the Southern Rhone.
NOTHERN RHONE VALLEY: The northern Rhone AOC (Crozes-Hermitage, Cote Rotie, St Joseph, Cornas etc.) has a continental climate that differs from its southern neighbor, which has a more Mediterranean climate. The northern sub-region produces red wines from the Syrah grape, sometimes blended with white wine grapes, and white wines from Viognier grapes.
SOUTHERN RHONE VALLEY: Wines have been produced in the region since pre Roman times, and those from the right bank were the favorite wines of the Papal community in Avignon at the time of the schism. The southern sub-region produces an array of red, white and rose wines, often blends of several grapes such as in the Chateauneuf-du-Pape appellation.
Chateau pesquie is a family estate located at the foot of the Ventoux Mountai, in the South of the Rhone Valley, gathering three generations of winemakers.
In early 70’s Odette & René Bastide bought chateau Pesquie from a heir of a famous writer, Alphonse Daudet. The AOC Ventoux was created in 1973 so they were the pioneers of this new AOC.
In the mid 80’s, Edith & Paul Chaudière, René & Odettes’s son in law, decided to give up their medical careers to take over the family estate. They passed the consultant sommelier exam and went on several research trips to other great wine regions (Napa Valley, Bordeaux, Oregeon, Burgundy, Piedmont, Rioja, etc). After finishing their preparation, they set up the Château Pesquié cellars in 1989 and left the cooperative. They carried ut their first vinifications in 1990, which was a fabulous vintage.
In 2003, Paul and Edith’s two sons, Alexandre and Frédéric took over the domaine. They are continuing the Family tradition to make extraordinary wines. Chateau Pesquie is now a leading estate in the Ventoux AOC and the Southern Rhone Valley.
In 2005, Alexandre and Frédéric Chaudière who are from the family behind Chateau Pesquie decided to create the Paradou range. The Chaudiere borthers wanted to avoid the rigours of the AOP to be completely free to create fresh and sexy wines.
It is reasonable to think “Paradou” means “Paradise” in the old language of the “langue d’oc”, as it is magical to live in the south of France. Yet, “Paradou” actually refers to the old watermills that once dotted the landscape. It is in homage to these majestic giants, built on the banks of streams since Roman times, that they have created these fresh and pleasing wines.
Chateau Pesquie - Les Terrasses, AOC Ventoux, Rhone Valley, 2013, Red, ¥149
(Syrah, Grenache) R. Parker - Wine Advocate: 92/100 “Greatest Value Red Wines of the Year”
Tasting Note: Deep ruby color. Intense nose with spicy nose (especially black pepper) and red berries. This very balanced wine offers very round tannins and fresh berries aromas, with some floral and spicy flavors.
Food pairing: Very easy to macth! With simple dishes such as pizzas, kebabs, charcuterie, vegetable pies or salads to more ambitious cuisine like terrines, poultry, roasted or grilled meats.
Chateau Pesquie - Le Paradou Viognier, VDF (Rhône Valley), Rhone Valley, 2013, White, ¥109
Jancis Robinson: 15/20 “Beautifully fresh & classic viognier”
Tasting Note: Golden color with silvery glints, clear and bright. Nose of white flowers, white fruits (peach). In the mouth, very fresh and balanced, with citrus aromas (lemon), white fruits and a great minerality.
Food Pairing: Perfect for an aperitif, Le Paradou Viognier is one of those rare wines that can be paired with asparagus. Very elegant with grilled fishes, fried squid, scallops, it emphasizes dishes with cheese. For desserts, with apricot pie or even strawberry soups.
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