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Why you should be drinking wine from Château Pesquié

 


Château Pesquié's history starts in the early 1970's, when the Ventoux AOC was established, although the region has a history of vine growing reaching back centuries. Odette & René Bastide bought the estate from a famous Provencale author and the winery has passed through to their grandchildren, Alexandre and Frédéric Chaudière, who are the third generation to take the reins. 

Since its inception, Château Pesquié has been intenseley committed to sustainable farming, becoming one of the first independent wineries to be certified by the Farre Network (Forum de l'Agriculture Raisonnée et Respectueuse de l'Environnement). Under Alexandre and Frédéric, the domaine has become certified organic.

The Ventoux AOC is the heart of the domaine, with the lush fruit of the southern Rhône balanced by a backbone of freshness, due to the elevation and the Ventoux's late-ripening climate. 

Jeb Dunnuck of the Wine Advocate rightly pegs Château Pesquié as one of the best producers in the area, "The Chaudiere family’s Château Pesquié continues to be one of the gems in the Ventoux appellation. Their Ventoux Cuvee des Terrasses is made in decent quantities and is the easiest to find (and it’s a crazy good value), but don’t miss a chance to taste their other cuvées."

Find the Terrasses here, or read below for four wines from Château Pesquié that are less widely available.


 
 Artemia

 

2015 Artemia
£159/6 in bond

 
"The 2015 Cotes du Ventoux Cuvee Artemia is the normal blend of equal parts Syrah and Grenache that will see 18 months in barrel. Medium to full-bodied, pure and exceptionally polished, with ripe, yet present tannin, it offers lots of blue fruits, spring flowers, peppery herbs and wood smoke aromas and flavors. This possible blockbuster has no hard edges and a weightless, balanced profile and will keep for a decade or more."

92-94 points, Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate

     
 Quintessence   2009 Quintessence Rouge
£180/12 in bond

 
"This blend of 80% Syrah and 20% Grenache, aged in barrels for 12 months (40% new and 60% two years old) and bottled unfined and unfiltered, has a dense purple color and deep licorice, graphite, black currant and black cherry notes with hints of earth and spice as well as some pepper and meat juice in a dense, medium to full-bodied, slightly more tannic style than the 2010 Terrasses. To reiterate, it should last for at least a decade."

93 points, Robert Parker Jr, Wine Advocate
     
 Quintessence Blanc

 

2016 Quintessence Blanc
£189/12 in bond
 

"The 2016 Ventoux Quintessence Blanc is 80% Roussanne fermented in oak and 20% Clairette fermented in steel. The wines are then blended and aged in concrete for an additional six months. The result is a wine that combines the toasted nut and pear richness of Roussanne with the citrusy freshness of Clairette. It's a medium to full-bodied wine that shows some briny complexity, excellent flavor definition, focus and length. It should drink well for up to 5 years from the vintage."

91 points, Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate

     
Muscat   2016 Muscat de Beaumes de Venise
£75/6 in bond
50cl
 

This cuvée offers a clear golden colour with silver glints, a very complex nose combining citrus notes to white fruit and white flowers aromas. The mouth is round and fresh and echoes the aromatic complexity of the nose.
Enjoy as an aperitif, with a melon from Cavaillon, but also with foie gras, blue cheese, strawberry or apricot pies. Serve very cold, around 7°C (44° F).

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