It is early summer, and the sweet, beguiling smell of ripe Grenache fills the Provençal air. The wine is aromatic, complex and refined; the setting is similarly perfect; the Ventoux region is one of France’s oldest wine producing areas and remains captivatingly unspoiled today. What’s more, it plays host to what is arguably Provence’s most innovative and dynamic wine estate – Château Pesquié.
Vines have been cultivated on the land that Château Pesquié now proudly occupies for thousands of years, although it is only relatively recently that the French authorities enshrined the quality potential of this region in law. The Château was built in the 18th century, although the estate’s modern history – and key turning point – occurred in the early 1970s when entrepreneurs Odette and Rene Bastide purchased the Château from the heir of a famous Provencal writer, Alphonse Daudet. They immediately set about reinvigorating the ailing property, restructuring the vineyards and investing in the winemaking equipment, setting Château Pesquié on a course towards high quality rather than quantity. It is also during this time that the Ventoux region was awarded appellation status in 1973.
In the 1980s the Bastide’s daughter and son-in-law, Edith and Paul Chauderie joined the family enterprise, vinifying their first vintage in 1990. At the time there were but a handful of properties producing wine in Ventoux, making Pesquié a leading pioneer in the production of top quality wines. In 2003, Edith and Paul’s sons Alexandre and Frederic took over the running of Château Pesquié, continuing their families proud tradition of dedication to quality above all else.
Today, Château Pesquié produces a remarkably consistent range of red, white and rose wines from inside its state-of-the-art cellars. But expensive winemaking equipment does not guarantee an equally brilliant wine and Pesquié more greatly benefits from an enviable portfolio of choice vineyards, including some rare old-vine Grenache, some of which average 80/90 years of age. They are expertly made by brothers Alexandre and Frederic, who craft wines of real finesse and balance, elegance, not brute force is clearly the aim here. This sophisticated approach reaches its pinnacle with Quintessence, which is among the finest wines of the appellation. Just the right amount of Grenache lending opulence and complexity to a stupendous wine. Both are impressively cellar worthy, but then who could stand to wait! Visit this gorgeous part of the world on a private, luxury wine tour with us.
Château Pesquié Artemia Rouge 2012
50% Grenache, 50% Syrah. Long fermentation and maceration in oak tanks. The wine is then aged for 18 months in 50% new French oak.
Château Pesquié Quintessence rouge 2012
80% Syrah, 20% Grenache. Produced from old vines, the wine is fermented in stainless steel tanks and then aged for approximately 12-15 months in 40% new French oak.
Château Pesquié Terrasses rouge 2012
70% Grenache, 30% Syrah. Produced from old vines, the wine is fermented in stainless steel tanks. Approximately 35% of the final blend is aged in oak casks, 2-4 years of age.
Château Pesquié Terrasses rosé 2014
50% Cinsault 40% Grenache and 10% Syrah. Fermented in stainless steel tanks at low temperatures to main freshness before a light pressing. No oak is used in the fermentation or ageing process. A light, fruit driven rose for early drinking.
Château Pesquié Terrasses Blanc 2014
70% Viognier, 15% Roussanne 15% Clairette.The wine is fermented in stainless steel tanks following a cold maceration. No oak is used in the fermentation or ageing process to maintain freshness.
Chardonnay du Pesquié 2014
100% Chardonnay. The wine is fermented in stainless steel tanks following a cold maceration. No oak is used in the fermentation or ageing process to maintain freshness.
Château Pesquié Quintessence blanc 2013
80% Roussanne 20% Clairette. Fermented in oak barrels and stainless steel tanks, the wine is aged in concrete tanks for 6 months.
Muscat de Beaumes de Venise de Pesquié 2013
100% Muscat a petits grains. The wine is made organically, fermented at very low temperatures in stainless steel tanks.
1365 B Route de Flassan
Tel +33 (0) 04 90 61 94 08
Fax +33 (0) 04 90 61 94 13
- AOC Ventoux
- Area under vine
- 100 Hectares
- Age of vines
- 30 years+
- Oak barrel origin
- Alex & Frederic Chaudiere
- Chaudiere Family
- Approximately 50,000 cases
- Grape varietals
- Syrah, Grenache, Viognier, Cinsault, Muscat Marsanne and others