Carolyne Kauser-AbbottTasteWines and Spirits of Provence

Chateau Pesquie, a Family Rooted in the Wines of Provence

Château Pesquié is Provencal postcard perfection, with the soaring limestone summit of Mont Ventoux as a backdrop and a leafy canopy of plane trees shading the bastide’s entrance. The Provencal name pesquié is a derivative of the Latin “pescarium” meaning fishpond or basin.

This region may be one of the oldest wine-producing zones in France. Evidence from the remains of a pottery workshop, including wine-related clay pots, have been found and archaeologically dated to roughly 30 BC (Roman era). Despite Roman vine stock and the Avignon Popes’ (1309-77) encouragement of the wine industry, the Appellation Côtes du Ventoux was only established in 1973.

Odette & René Bastide bought the property in Mormoiron known as Château Pesquié with its mature vines only a couple of years after the appellation was formed. The property was previously the country home of a noble Provencal family – relatives of writer Alphonse Daudet. The graceful home built in approximately 1750 was an urban escape, likely chosen for its natural water sources, which flow through Roman-era stone channels. Terraced gardens and spring-fed fountains were constructed for the enjoyment of the occupants.

Limestone soil, sunny weather, dry northern Mistral winds and the southern slopes of Mont Ventoux must have seemed like the perfect terroir for wine production to Odette & René. They replanted the vines and began making wine. In those days, the nectar was produced at the local cooperative.

Château Pesquié is now in the care of the third generation of the family run by brothers Alexandre and Frédéric Chaudière. In the last ten years, Paul and Edith (daughter of Odette & René) Chaudière have transitioned towards retirement as their sons began taking over the vineyard. Leveraging their experience in viticulture (Alexandre) and literary credentials (Frédéric), they have respectively assumed the production and sales responsibilities for the operation.

The use of organic, humus-based fertilizers and the practice of leaving one out of every two rows enherbé (grassed) are initiatives started by Paul. The focus on sustainable farming continues with this generation completing the final requirements for organic certification. The 1500m² photovoltaic system at Château Pesquié produces more energy than required.

The Chaudière family understands the privilege of being situated on the slopes of Mont Ventoux with its UNESCO-ranked Biosphere. For geology geeks, you can find earth core samples from the different land parcels in huge glass “test-tubes” in the boutique. Château Pesquié’s high-quality grapes result from the natural microclimates triggered by the mighty mountain and vine stock that is, on average, 35 years old.

The wines are made following assemblage techniques where each grape variety is harvested and processed individually. Only then are the juices blended to create the signature bottles.

Château Pesquié labels pay homage to the region; Terraces is inspired by the location at the foot of Mont Ventoux and by the many levels in the garden. Quintessence is the epitome of a well-balanced wine, and flawless Artemia is an ancient Greek word that means good health and integrity.

Note: For those in Provence, Château Pesquié is a fun outing with exhibits of local artists, picnics, summer farmers markets and options to assist with the harvest. Check the website for details.

Read the original Ginger and Nutmeg blog post: “Chateau Pesquie a Family Rooted in the Wines of Provence.”

Please share this with friends and family.

All rights reserved. Perfectly Provence articles and other content may not be published, broadcast, rewritten (including translations into other languages) or redistributed without written permission. For usage information, please contact us.
Syndication Information
Affiliate Information
As an Amazon Associate, this website earns from qualifying purchases. Some recipes, posts and pages may have affiliate links. If you purchase via these links, we receive a small commission that does not impact your price. Thank you in advance for supporting our work to maintain Perfectly Provence.
Previous post

Provence Cultural Tours by Jane Satow

Next post

Top Cafe Choices in Aix en Provence by Aixcentric

Carolyne Kauser-Abbott

Carolyne Kauser-Abbott

With her camera and laptop close at hand, Carolyne has traded in her business suits for the world of freelance writing and blogging. Her first airplane ride at six months of age was her introduction to the exciting world of travel.

While in Provence, Carolyne can be found hiking with friends, riding the hills around the Alpilles or tackling Mont Ventoux. Her attachment to the region resonates in Perfectly Provence this digital magazine that she launched in 2014. This website is an opportunity to explore the best of the Mediterranean lifestyle (food & wine, places to stay, expat stories, books on the region, travel tips, real estate tips and more), through our contributors' articles.

Carolyne writes a food and travel blog Ginger and Nutmeg. Carolyne’s freelance articles can be found in Global Living Magazine, Avenue Magazine and City Palate (Published Travel Articles).

No Comment

Leave a reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

The reCAPTCHA verification period has expired. Please reload the page.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.