Our terroir
The terroir of Château Pesquié has one of the coolest microclimates in the south of the Rhône Valley. The terroir has a great mineral diversity, predominantly consisting of limestone. The Ventoux Mountain provides exceptional conditions to create outstanding wines.
An exceptionnal microclimate

Very calcareous ground Situated at the crossroads between two worlds, the Alpine and the Mediterranean, the vineyards of Château Pésquie enjoy a particularly favorable microclimate. The estate is located in three villages: Mormoiron, Blauvac and Ville-sur-Auzon. The southern slopes of Mount Ventoux are blessed with outstanding levels of sunshine (an annual average of 8 hours per day with up to 12 hours per day in July). The Mistral, a frequent north wind, reinforces this dry climate, which is ideal for the cultivation of healthy vines.

Moreover, Château Pesquié benefits from a cooler climate than the rest of the south of the Rhône valley thanks to its high elevation (average altitude of the estate is between 300 and 400 m) and the influence of the mountain. The strong variation of temperatures between days and nights helps to create an excellent physiological balance in the vines and to reinforce color, concentration and freshness in the wines. During the summer nights, the warm air comes up towards the summit of the Ventoux Mountain whereas the cooler air comes down from its top. The Ventoux is an area in which grapes ripen the latest in the South of the Rhône Valley. Château Pesquié is located in the latest ripening part of this late area! This guarantees finesse and elegance for the wines of the property.

Mineral complexity and varietals diversity

The Château Pesquié vineyards are located on clay and limestone gravel slopes. These soils offer a great diversity with a majority of limestone (from the Urgonian period), but also present various kinds of clays and a few sands which give a great complexity to the wines. The Ventoux area, especially around Mormoiron, provides an extreme geological variety. The vineyards are mostly planted in soil from the Quaternary and reinforced by the mineral wealth of the Cretaceous period. Ochres and clays with warm colors often contrast against the white limestone and offer breathtaking scenery.

A bunch of grenache grapes The complexity of the wines from Château Pesquié is also a consequence of the numerous varietals of its vineyards (more than ten). The tradition of blending is a key in the Southern Rhone. Although the vineyards are located in the southern part of the valley, the altitude and the cooler climate of Mount Ventoux lend to the terroir Northen characteristics. The estate's two main grape varieties are Grenache, the king of the Southern Rhone and Syrah, the king of the Northern Rhone. The other varietals grown on the estate are mainly Cinsault, Carignan, Mourvèdre, Roussane, Viognier, Clairette, Chardonnay, etc...

 


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