Trees

Area

49,670

acres

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Wine sector

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Coteaux d'Aix-en-Provence AOC recognized in

1985
The vineyards of Coteaux d'Aix-en-Provence are the furthest to the West among the wines of Provence. The appellation area extends from the Durance River to the Mediterranean Sea, and from the Rhône Valley (West) to Sainte-Victoire Mountain (East). It surrounds the Etang de Berre and crosses through the landscapes painted by Cézanne. Wine activities here are concentrated between the mountainous relief of a series of secondary chains running parallel to the coast: the Nerthe, the Fare, the Eguilles, and the Trévaresse (extended by the Alpilles).

Protection from the mistral

The Mediterranean climate is marked by the Mistral, predominantly cold, dry winds blowing from the North. This gives the appellation an annual average of 2,900 hours of sunshine. The little precipitation that it receives – between 550 and 680 mm each year – primarily falls during spring and autumn.

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Varied soils

In this Western part of calcareous Provence, the majority of the soil is:

  • Stony clay and limestone;
  • Sandy, often gravelly on molasse and sandstone; or
  • Stony with a clay or loamy-sand matrix on the terraces of the Arc and the Durance.
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Tasting notes - 2016 vintage

Coteaux d'Aix-en-Provence Rosés

The 2016 Rosés are pale pink colour with slightly blue to grey tones. Fruity rather than floral, and often intense, they have an expressive nose, with aromas ranging from citrus fruits to red fruit. They offer a fullness on the palate and a slight acidity that counters the power of the alcohol. Complex, powerful and fruity, these Rosé wines, which are still closed during the winter months, will open up in the spring, when they will be the perfect accompaniment to Mediterranean and Asian cuisines.

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Coteaux d'Aix-en-Provence Reds

The colours of the red wines from the 2016 vintage range from ruby reds to deep purples; they have complex noses characterized by notes of dark fruit. They are powerful, and structured on the palate with a long finish; they should be consumed after a significant ageing period. The 2016 vintage can be compared to the great vintages of 2011 and 2015.

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Coteaux d'Aix-en-Provence Whites

The 2016 whites are simultaneously delicate, expressive and powerful. They offer a complex nose characterised by the traditional notes of white flowers and citrus; they are full and round on the palate, with a long finish.

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