Château Pesquié Winery Guide


Last updated: January 21, 2024

Winery Overview

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 Wine Region’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. However, it is only relatively recently that the French authorities enshrined this region’s quality potential in law. The Château was built in the 18th century. However, 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. During this time, the Ventoux region was also 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 producing top-quality wines. In 2003, Edith and Paul’s sons Alexandre and Frederic took over 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. Pesquié 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. This sophisticated approach reaches its pinnacle with Quintessence, which is among the finest wines of the appellation. The right amount of Grenache lends 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.

Wines produced

  • 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.

Winery Contact Details

Château Pesquié

1365 B Route de Flassan
84570 Mormoiron

Email: [email protected]
Tel +33 (0) 04 90 61 94 08
Fax +33 (0) 04 90 61 94 13
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Facts & Figures


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

Grape Varieties Used by the Winery

  • Marsanne

    Marsanne: white wine grape from Northern Rhône. Often blended with Roussanne, Grenache Blanc & Viognier

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  • Muscat

    Muscat blanc is a white wine grape varietal popular in the Muscat d'Alsace, Moscato d'Asti and Beaumes-de-Venise regions.

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  • Roussanne

    Learn about Roussanne, the elegant white grape native to Rhône. Often blended with Marsanne, explore its unique qualities and rich heritage in our guide.

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  • Viognier

    Viognier comes from the northern Rhône valley AOC of Condrieu and is where its most famous white wines are produced.

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  • Cinsault

    Cinsault is a red wine grape that is important in the Languedoc-Roussillon wine region of France because of its tolerance to high temperatures.

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  • Grenache

    Discover grenache, a mediterranean grape that is dark-skinned red wine grape variety and an unlikely hero of a grape

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  • Syrah

    Syrah is dark-skinned and perhaps the most underrated of the 'noble' red grape varieties.

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