MEET THE MAKER: FREDERIC CHAUDIÈRE, THE WINE ROOM AT FISCHER’S BASLOW HALL

If you’re a keen wine afficianado, or oenophile (yes there is a technical term for “wine lover”), then reading this is imperative.

Following the launch of The Wine Room last month, Fischer’s first Meet the Maker event will take place on Wednesday 25th April 2018, with wine producer Frederic Chaudière from Chateau Pesquie. Frederic will take guests on a journey through the Ventoux wine region with a tasting of the family estate’s extraordinary Pesquie wines.

The evening will commence with a drinks reception in the hall hosted by Frederic, followed by a five course menu and wine pairings. Talented Head Chef Rupert Rowley has worked closely with Frederic, and Fischer’s Head Sommelier John Cooper to create a series of seasonal dishes that compliment the wines. For each course, there will be an introduction on the dish and wine pairing chosen.

At this informal wine dinner, guests will hear stories from Fischer’s guest winemaker, while indulging in the rich wine heritage of the Ventoux region. Guests will also have the chance to purchase their favourite wines at the end of the night.

Tickets: £97.50 pp including wine, 5-course meal and coffee, book via www.fischers-baslowhall.co.uk/activities-at-fischers-baslow-hall/meet-the-maker

Previously The Study, a traditional private dining room in keeping with the Manor House style, The Wine Room has been transformed into a contemporary and sophisticated space where guests can indulge their passion for fine food and wine.

The room has been designed and built by local architects Bluecarrot, and features a temperature controlled “wine wall”.  The interior is lavished with traditional Georgian wall paneling, finished in blue teal. Washing the entire room, ceiling included, this deep blue gives an elegant yet moody and intimate atmosphere.

Informal, yet informative, The Wine Room is a dedicated space where guests can sip, savour and discover new and old wines alike, alongside Fischer’s award-winning cuisine.

www.fischers-baslowhall.co.uk/menu-listing/the-wine-room

About Chateau Pesquie:

At Château Pesquié, the Chaudiere Family has dedicated itself to express a unique terroir of the Ventoux. Pioneers in many ways, the three generations of winemakers from the family have always tried to share a long term vision: an agriculture of high quality has to be sustainable and responsible.

In the early 1970s, Odette & René Bastide bought Château Pesquié from an heir of a famous Provençal writer, Alphonse Daudet. Despite a long vine growing tradition in the area, the AOC Côtes du Ventoux was not created until 1973. Thus making them pioneers of this new AOC. It was the beginning of a new dynamic driving the local production toward quality rather than quantity. René & Odette largely restructured the vineyards. The results of that work are now vines that average 35 to 40 years of age (the oldest are close to a hundred years old).

In the mid-1980’s, Edith & Paul Chaudière, René & Odette’s daughter and son-in-law, decided to give up their medical careers to take over the family estate. Having completed this intensive preparation, Paul, Edith, René & Odette finally set up the Château Pesquié cellars in 1989, leaving the local Cooperative. They carried out their first vinifications in 1990, which was a fabulous vintage At the time, the Appellation had fewer than 10 independent cellars and, once again, the Chaudière family stood out as pioneers in the Ventoux AOC.

In 2003, Paul and Edith’s two sons, Alexandre and Frédéric, took over the Domaine. They are continuing the family tradition: to harness the potential of the outstanding Ventoux terroir and to make extraordinary wines. Château Pesquié is now a leading estate in the Ventoux AOC and the southern Rhone Valley. The new generation hopes to take it to the next level!

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