In Provencal, which is the language of the South of France, Le Paradou means the "fulling mill". The word comes from the latin parare which means "to prepare". Paradou belongs to the Chaudiere family and is the Guest House of Chateau Pesquie. It is an old mill that was built from the 12th to the 13th centuries on the banks of the Auzon river. It belonged to Guilhem de Pascalis, knight of the order of the Holy Cross and is part of a group of four mills situated between the village of Mormoiron and the village of Mazan. Paradou is crafted by brothers Alexandre and Frederic Chaudiere.
"The 2012 Cotes du Ventoux Le Paradou is an awesome value! Made from 100% Grenache and aged 7 months in concrete tank, it offers up a naked expression of Grenache with meaty black cherry, pepper, dried Provencal herbs and earth all soaring from the glass. Medium to full-bodied, brilliantly pure and fresh, it has enough tannin to allow it to evolve gracefully for 3-4 years. It’s a knockout value and this crowd-pleaser should not be missed!"
The Wine Advocate