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The Chaudière and Bastide families have now farmed the land of Château Pesquié in Ventoux for three generations. Odette and René purchased the Château in the early 1970’s. While the building itself dates to the 1750s the lands around it have been cultivated since the Roman era. Recent archaeological discoveries have proven that wine was made in this region as early as the 1st century BCE and the name of the property derives from the Latin name for fish ponds, pescarium – no doubt due to the springs that occur naturally near the Château.
By the mid 1980’s Odette and René’s daughter Edith and her husband Paul Chaudière had taken over the running of the estate. In 1989 Chateau Pesquié, the wine, was born. Now in the capable hands of Fred and Alex Chaudière, the sons of Edith and Paul, Château Pesquié is comprised of 100 hectares of vines. Only organic treatments and composts are used in the vineyard. Weed control is done by turning over the soil, and harvesting is done by hand. There are three main terroirs on the property: rocky limestone clay, red clay and loamy gray clay. They grow Grenache, Syrah, Carignan, Cinsault, Mourvedre, Roussanne, Clairette, Viognier, Chardonnay and Muscat. Their most common and diverse plantings are of Syrah and Grenache, each chosen specifically for their soils and exposure.
Since the Ventoux has a cooler micro-climate than the vineyards near the Rhône, Fred and Alex can be guaranteed a longer and slower ripening of their fruit – especially important for these two varieties. The age of the vines ranges from 20 to well over 80 years old. All of these elements: good terroir, older vines, organic farming and hand harvesting ensure that only the best grapes reach the cellar. Once there, Alexander oversees the winemaking utilizing stainless steel tanks for fermentation. Aging takes place in tank, concrete or barrel depending on variety and the final blends are carefully made to capture the essence of each cuvée.
Through the Artemia cuvée, the estate blends 50% Grenache and 50% Syrah. They chose the name 'Artemia' as it means in the same time good health and integrity in ancient Greek. 2007 is the fourth released vintage of this top wine from Chateau Pesquie, result of many years of selections and experiments. The family's favorite pairings are decadent: roasted duck or scrambled eggs with truffles
Wine AdvocateShockingly good, the 2009 Cotes du Ventoux Cuvee Artemia is in the top handful of wines I've tasted from this appellation. Just insanely perfumed, with tons of incense, Provencal herbs, garrigue, smoked meats and violets, this full-bodied beauty has a stacked mid-palate, building, sweet tannin and a killer finish. Hello beautiful, why didn't I buy more of you.