Ultimate Provence Rose Wine | Cotes De Provence Rose | Seductively-refreshing | 75cl

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Ultimate Provence Rose Wine | Cotes De Provence Rose | Seductively-refreshing | 75cl

Ultimate Provence Rose Wine | Cotes De Provence Rose | Seductively-refreshing | 75cl

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Much of Provence’s landscape is covered in limestone soil, which is perfect for growing vines. In the west, this limestone came from an ancient shallow sea, which once covered the land. Further east, the soil is made of granite and in one area, it is volcanic. These differences affect when harvesting occurs, with a time lag of as much as 60 days between the coast and the cooler, inland areas. This area north of the naval city of Toulon is characterised by shale soils with sand, clay and limestone deposits. As the land gently heads downhill to Marseille, the local garrigue scrubland gives the wine a tinge of wild fennel. Today, Provence rosé wine accounts for 82% of the total wine produced in the region. The vineyards in Provence produce more rosé than any other region in the world, and 40% of all French rosé comes from here. It’s no wonder then, that its reputation precedes itself. The region is also called the “Valley of Hell” because it gets so hot in the summer. French geologist Pierre Berthier discovered aluminium ore in the valley, giving it the name Bauxite, after the local town. The city of Nice, on the Côte d’Azur, sits at the far side of Provence and many of its hillsides form the very small wine region of Bellet. Its dominant white grape is Rolle and it is the only AOC in Provence that can add Chardonnay grapes to its blends.

Cassis, on the Mediterranean coast, was the first AOC in Provence, created in 1936. The village sits at the edge of the limestone national park called “ Les Calanques”, a series of inlets carved out of the cliffs by the sea over centuries past. In all of the south of France vineyards, Pierrevert is the only wine region in Provence allowed to use it. All of the wine from this Provence wine region is consumed by locals and visitors and very little is exported.The Mourvèdre grape loves heat, ripens late and is planted on sunny sides of hills in terraces supported by stone walls, called “restanques”. Grenache grapes ripen early in the intense heat, which can make the alcohol content too high, so they are grown on the cooler, north-facing sides. The 5% of white wines produced here are different from the typical wine of Provence in that they are made predominantly of Rolle, Semillon and Ugni Blanc grapes, which gives them less acidity. Created in 1951, the AOC Côtes de Provence is the most well-known of all wine in Provence, France (it accounts for three quarters produced in any Provence winery) and of this, 80% is rosé.

Coteaux Varois de Provence was created in 1993 to cover the Provence vineyards north of Toulon. It is characterised by limestone mountain ranges – the Massif des Maures in the south-east and the Massif de Saint-Baume in the north. Taste: The spice notes from the Syrah provides a dry, white pepper characteristic across the entire palate. A touch of Rolle gives great acidity and brightness that lends notes of winter citrus, spice with a warming finish.The Luberon is an area of three mountain ranges in Provence with picturesque villages hung precariously on the sides of cliffs. The hilly landscapes and Mistral wind keep the skies clear, so the vines don’t rot, and in turn, they need less chemicals to grow. For this reason, over 85% of the area is farmed organically and local producers have been campaigning to become the first completely organic AOC in France.

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