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Le Paradou Grenache 2012

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750ML / 13.5% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

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.

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Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
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!
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Alexandre & Frédéric Chaudière are from a family that has produced generations of wine-makers at the Chateau Pesquié in the Ventoux, South of the Rhone Valley. In 2005, when they created the Paradou range, they decided to give themselves a new challenge. These two thirty or so year old brothers have always shared a passion for wine. Since he was a mere boy, Alexandre has been certain that he would become a wine-maker and he studied viticulture and oenology at Macon and worked in many of the world’s wine-making regions (Bourgogne, Rheingau, Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Australia, Côte-Rôtie, etc.) to build a solid experience as a wine-maker.

After Bachelors’ degrees in Philosophy and in History from the Sorbonne and a Masters’ degree from Sciences Po Paris, Frédéric brings a slightly different outlook to wine-making as well as his marketing competence. The project started in the Luberon, but over time the Chaudière brothers decided to avoid the rigours of the AOP to be completely free to create fresh and sexy wines.

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Setting the standards for red wine production worldwide, France holds rank as the source of the world’s most popular red grape varieties. Famous for their elegance, grace and longevity, the red wines of France come in a variety of styles.

Burgundy claims some of the most desirable vineyard real estate on the planet and remains a source of the world’s most coveted Pinot noir. A powerhouse producer of red wines based on Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, Bordeaux sits on France’s western side, separated from the Atlantic Ocean by a coastal pine forest. The region’s mild, maritime climate and gravel-heavy soils are perfect for the production of highly structured, cellar-worthy red wines. In the south, the long and narrow Rhône River Valley produces full-bodied, flavorful reds. Syrah makes its home in the Northern Rhône where a continental climate and steep hillside vineyards create some of the best in the world. Southern Rhône’s Grenache-based blends easily charm most any wine enthusiast. For those after a more delicate red, the Loire Valley’s Cabernet Franc maintains a loyal line of followers.

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