“Paradou” in the old Provençal language, the “langue d’oc,” does not mean “paradise” but refers to the old watermills that once dotted the landscape. Le Paradou is indeed a former watermill owned by the Chaudière Family and the guest house of Château Pesquié. Frédéric & Alexandre Chaudière, the new generation of the family have selected great Viognier plots at the foot of the Mont Ventoux and at the foot of the Cévennes (South East of the Central Mountain, the « Massif Central ») between Montpellier and Nîmes to make a very fresh and elegant Le Paradou white.
Grapes 100% Viognier.
The grapes are destemmed and placed in stainless steel vats. They are kept at low temperatures for nearly 15 hours for the skin maceration phase. The must is pressed and racked at low temperatures. The malolactic transformation is blocked to keep a good natural acidity. No oak ageing at all for this very light style of viognier.
Golden colour with silvery glints, clear and bright. Nose of white flowers, white fruits (peach). 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.