CHÂTEAU PESQUIÉ, Mormoiron, Ventoux

Chateau Pesquié is a pioneering estate of the Côtes de Ventoux AOC (appellation established in 1973).  The Bastide family purchased the estate in the early ‘70s, and reorganized the vineyards, preserving the best blocks (now close to 100 years old).  Their daughter Edith and husband Paul Chaudière joined the Bastides in the mid 1980s, Paul’s family conveniently having 150 years of history in viticulture, Paul’s father also being a professor of oenology in nearby Orange.  In 1989, the family established their own cellars, and stopped selling grapes to the local co-op.  In 2003, Edith & Paul’s sons Frederick & Alexandre assumed responsibility for the estate.  Sustainably farmed since the 1980s, the estate moved to fully organic methods in the the early 2000s.  Solar panels on the property produce more electricity than the estate uses.

Estate vineyards are located in 3 villages:  Mormoiron, Blauvac and Ville-sur-Auzon, where the southern slopes of Mount Ventoux are blessed with outstanding levels of sunshine (up to 12 hours per day in July).  The terroir has a great mineral diversity, predominantly consisting of limestone.  Château Pesquié has one of the coolest microclimates in the south of the Rhône Valley, due to elevation (between 300 and 400 m) and the influence of the mountain.  The variation of temperatures between days and nights helps create excellent physiological balance in the vines, and colour, concentration and freshness in the wines.  The Mistral ventilates, ensuring the cultivation of healthy vines.  A range of impressive white & red wines results, from traditional Rhône varietals.