Provence wine region
Sun-soaked Provence occupies France’s Mediterranean coast between the river Rhône and the Italian border. Like many other wine regions it was historically famous for its rosés, despite their tendency to be overstrong and underflavoured. Unlike those other regions it is still famous for them: quality has come on in leaps and bounds, and pinks from Provence are today the most famous and sought-after still rosés in the world.
Increasingly serious reds are produced here too. Both reds and rosés are usually blended from a palette of varieties including Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre, Cinsault and Carignan. The rarer whites are crafted mainly from Clairette, Grenache Blanc and the increasingly popular Vermentino, known here as Rolle.
The sprawling Côtes de Provence appellation created in the 1950s is still the largest AOC, but has been joined by several others in recent years ‐ a sign that this region is on the up. However, the most famed of all Provence appellations continues to be Bandol, on the coast between Marseille and Toulon. This is red wine country, crafting herb-scented, dense and long-lived wines largely or entirely from Mourvèdre.
Decanting Club wines from: Provence
Château de l'Aumérade, Cuvée 'Marie-Christine’
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