Mont Ventoux is perhaps better known to cycling fans than wine lovers, but the wines of Château Pesquié do absolute justice to one of France’s most spectacular landscapes. Described by Joe Czerwinski (the Wine Advocate) as ‘one of the great estates of the Ventoux’, Château Pesquié has long been a standard-bearer for the appellation. It is today run by Alexandre and Frédéric Chaudière, whose grandparents purchased the estate in 1973.

At an altitude of between 250 and 400 metres, Ventoux is among the coolest sectors of the Southern Rhône, accounting in part for the freshness and finesse that characterise the estate’s wines. While Grenache and Syrah together make up 70% of the plantings, no fewer than twelve grape varieties are grown here, all farmed organically (certified) and biodynamically.

The single vineyard Artemia and Silica cuvées showcase specific terroirs – gravelly and sandy limestone soils respectively – while Quintessence and Les Terrasses are assembled from plots on the clay-limestone soils typical of the appellation. As Jeb Dunnuck notes, the Grenache-dominated Terrasses represents remarkable value for money and is delicious from the word go (yet has the capacity to age gracefully).

2019 was a relatively straightforward vintage in the vineyards. Rain on August 10th put paid to the threat of drought, while fine weather throughout September ensured the healthiest of crops. The grapes were harvested by hand and processed in the estate’s gravity-fed winery. The 2019s were raised in a combination of barrels, 600L demi-muids and concrete vats, as well as concrete eggs in the case of Silica.

The resulting wines combine lifted aromatics, bright acidity and a tremendous sense of detail with all the power and presence you would wish for from the Southern Rhône.

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Terrasses 2019, AOC Ventoux

“A wine that has almost always ranked high on my top value list over the past decade or more, the 2019 Ventoux Terrasses offers a slightly deeper, richer style than the Edition 1912M, with plenty of black cherry and redcurrant fruits intermixed with more peppery garrigue, earth, and a touch of meatiness. More medium-bodied, lively, and beautifully textured, with silky tannins, it’s another no-brainer red that would be one hell of a house red. You can enjoy bottles today or safely cellar them for upwards of a decade. I recently finished a case of the 2005 that was still going strong, so this wine has plenty of longevity.”

91/100, Jeb Dunnuck

12x75cl • £90.00 IB
6x150cl • £96.00 IB

Quintessence 2019, AOC Ventoux

“Moving to the smaller production cuvées, the Syrah-dominated 2019 Ventoux Quintessence reveals a deeper ruby/plum color followed by a beautiful bouquet of smoked red and black fruits, gamey herbs, spring flowers, and an almost forest floor-like character. With considerable elegance on the palate, medium to full-bodied richness, and silky yet building tannins, this is straight-up classy stuff. It will benefit from a year or three of bottle age and drink nicely for a solid decade.”

92-94/100, Jeb Dunnuck


12x75cl • £156.00 IB
6x150cl • £162.00 IB

Silica 2019, AOC Ventoux

“The Grenache-dominated (90% Grenache and 10% Cinsault) 2019 Ventoux Silica is a beautiful wine that just screams cool-climate Grenache with its more ruby, almost translucent color as well as perfumed red fruits, spicy, floral, and gamey aromatics, more medium-bodied richness, and flawless overall balance. Reminding me of a grand cru Burgundy with its seamless texture as well as outstanding length, it’s going to benefit from 2-3 years of bottle age and drink brilliantly over the following decade.”

93-95/100, Jeb Dunnuck


6x75cl • £135.00 IB
3x150cl • £138.00 IB



Artemia 2019, AOC Ventoux

“The 2019 Ventoux Artemia is also brilliant. Checking in as an even split of Grenache and Syrah, it reveals a medium ruby/purple color as well as a beautiful perfume of black raspberry and wild strawberry-like fruits intermixed with lots of peppery garrigue, flowery incense, and a distinct sense of minerality. Playing in the medium to full-bodied end of the spectrum, it has silky tannins, a wonderful sense of minerality, and outstanding length on the palate. Give bottles 2-3 years and enjoy over the following decade as well.”

92-94/100, Jeb Dunnuck

6x75cl • £135.00 IB
3x150cl • £138.00 IB