Viognier ‘Le Paradou’, Château Pesquié 2017

14.95

Golden colour with silvery glints. White flowers and white fruits (peach) on the nose. The palate is fresh and balanced with citrus aromas, white fruits and a great minerality.

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France

About This Wine...

Golden color with silvery glints, clear and bright. Nose of white flowers, white fruits (peach). In the mouth, very fresh and balanced, with citrus aromas (lemon), white fruits and a great minerality.

Food & Wine pairing: A favourite as an aperitif, Le Paradou Viognier is one of those rare wines that can be paired with asparagus. Very elegant with grilled fishes, fried squid, scallops, it emphasizes dishes with cheese such as Parmiggiano Risotto and goes well with goat cheeses. For desserts, with apricot pie or even strawberry soups.

Serve around 10°C / 50°F.

Paradou Viognier “a delicious southern white at an amazingly cheap price given the quality” John Wilson, The Irish Times, 27th May 2017

“Precise and floral, it’s a light lime gold white wine that shies away from the obvious and regales you with white peaches, elderflowers and jasmine. On the palate, a mild acidity and flavours of ripe lemons and pear are complemented by a delicate hint of minerality.” Gaby Guedez in thetaste.ie, September 2017

 

The Estate

In 1985, Paul and Edith Chaudière, a physiotherapist and a speech therapist living near Avignon, were having second thoughts about their professional lives. Their dream was to return to the family grape-growing tradition and so duly re-settled at Château Pesquié, a property that Edith’s parents had bought in the 1970’s. They then set about reviving the estate and began investing in both the vineyards and the cellar. This was no small feat since at the time there were very few independent grape growers in the little known Côtes du Ventoux as it was known at the time (now just Ventoux) and the appellation was, and remains today, dominated by cooperatives.

Firstly under Paul and Edith’s guidance and now that of their sons Frederic and Alexandre, Château Pesquié has expanded a number of times and is now a significant player in the appellation with almost 80 hectares of vineyard. The vineyards which are now worked organically sit on a limestone base but with varied topsoils of sand, clay and gravel. The majority are also situated at between 300-400 metres altitude contributing to significant diurnal temperatures that help retain excellent levels of acidity. The Mont Ventoux which rises behind the estate to an altitude of 1912 metres also helps protect the area from the extremes of the Mistral as well as funnelling cool air downwards during the summer months.

In the winery the Chaudières have always been at the cutting edge of production. For the reds the grapes are crushed and de- stemmed and then fermented in stainless steel tanks. Depending on the cuvée the wines either remain in tank for further ageing or are transferred to barrel where a mixture of 228 litre and 600 litre barrels are used. The whites are fermented in different ways, depending on the variety. Viognier will undergo a 12-15 skin contact whereas Roussanne and Clairette will be directly pressed. Malolactic is usually blocked in order to help retain a sense of freshness.

The wines at the estate have always been good but there is a sense that with the arrival of the younger generation that they are beginning to hit new heights. The precision remains but there is now more soul.

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