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.
The AOC Muscat de Beaumes-de-Venise was created in 1943 and is the unique white Natural Sweet Wine (Vin Doux Naturel) in the Rhône Valley. This Appellation is located on century old terraces between the Dentelles de Montmirail and the Ventoux Mountain, against the AOC Ventoux. It is thus very naturally that Alex and Fred Chaudière have decided to add to the range of wines of Château Pesquié the freshest possible profile of Muscat de Beaumes-de-Venises. Made of 100% Muscat à petits grains from 50+ year old organic vines, the grapes are hand picked, hand selected and destemmed and given cold temperature skin contact. Pressing, settling and fermentation at very low temperatures in stainless steel vats. During the fermentation organic alcool is added to keep a sweetness of the wine. Look for a clear golden color 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 fresh melon (honeydew, cantaloupe), but also with foie gras, blue cheese, strawberry or apricot pies.