Situated Northeast of Avignon within the Rhône Valley, is a place that, according to Wine Spectator, looks like it has produced fine wines for decades – Château Pesquié. The estate consists of…

Situated Northeast of Avignon within the Rhône Valley, is a place that, according to Wine Spectator, looks like it has produced fine wines for decades – Château Pesquié. The estate consists of 250 acres of organic vineyards spread over the foothills of Mont Ventoux. Its landmark, is the wind-whipped, white limestone peak that watches over the estate. The setting is so perfect it would be difficult not to make great wines here.

Their reputation confirms this after receiving more than a dozen 90-plus-point scores for their Roussanne-Clairette whites and their Syrah and Grenache-based blends. They are described as fresh, fruit-driven exuberant wines that are the best examples of today’s Ventoux AOC bottlings.

 

Image: Château Pesquié Facebook page

Unfortunately, public perception still sees Ventoux wines as the poorer cousins of the prestigious Southern Rhône family. Frédéric Chaudière, who has been running Pesquié since the mid-2000s says, ‘Ventoux was seen as a cheap value wine that you served a little chilled, and that didn’t have much ambition.’

With the help of his oenologist brother Alexandre, Frédéric is trying to change this perception and is leading fellow producers in a push for higher quality. Frédéric feels that the Ventoux is almost a link between Southern Rhône and Northern Rhône, as it is situated in the lowest part of the Alps and gets a perfect combination of Mediterranean and Alpine climate.

It has also allowed them to create the perfect formula for an exciting wine scene – a diverse mix of soils and affordable prices for vineyards. Frédéric feels that the amount of different factors at play has almost afforded him an unlimited array of possibilities, or as he says, ‘the toolbox is infinite’. 

Frédéric and Alexandre’s parents were the first trailblazers of the Ventoux region and it seems their sons are following in their footsteps. They are exceeding all expectations as they push the Ventoux region and specifically Château Pesquié to new heights.

The 2016 Southern Rhône vintage has been earning some rave reviews. Decanter describes the wines as ‘unmissable’, Wine Spectator writes that they ‘may even beat the benchmark of 2010’ and Chapoutier went as far as saying, ‘it’s the best in 40 years!’ View our full list of Pesqiué wines online.

 

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