Winery of the Month: Château Pesquié - Le Paradou
Château Pesquié Terroir
Situated at the crossroads between two worlds, the Alpine and the Mediterranean, the vineyards of Château Pésquie enjoy a particularly favorable microclimate. Moreover, Château Pesquié benefits from a cooler climate than the rest of the south of the Rhône valley thanks to its high elevation (average altitude of the estate is between 300 and 400 m) and the influence of the mountain. The strong variation of temperatures between days and nights helps to create an excellent physiological balance in the vines and to reinforce color, concentration and freshness in the wines.
Château pesquié is a family estate located at the foot of the Ventoux Mountain, in the South of the Rhone Valley, gathering three generations of winemakers.
In early 70’s Odette & René Bastide bought château Pesquié 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 out 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. Château Pesquié is now a leading estate in the Ventoux AOC and the Southern Rhone Valley.
Château Pesquié - Les Terrasses, AOC Ventoux, Rhone Valley, 2013, Red, ¥149
(Syrah, Grenache) R. Parker - Wine Advocate: 92/100 “Greatest Value Red Wines of the Year”
In 2005, Alexandre and Frédéric Chaudière who are from the family behind Château Pesquié 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.
Château Pesquié - Le Paradou Viognier, VDF (Rhône Valley), Rhone Valley, 2013, White, ¥109
Jancis Robinson: 15/20 “Beautifully fresh & classic viognier”
Hope you will enjoy these great wines from Château Pesquié, which benefit of a really good reputation from wine critics all around the world!
Your Fancy Team!