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 - 2019 vintage

Coteaux d'Aix-en-Provence Rosés

Pure pale pink robes. The nose is quite intense, fruit-forward and complex, with notes of red fruit, peach and citrus. To start, the wines offer roundness on the palate and a beautiful aromatic depth, before finding freshness, and sometimes minerality, in the finish.

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Coteaux d'Aix-en-Provence Reds

Deep and pure robes. The nose offers wonderful aromatic intensity with notes of red and dark fruit, often accompanied by spices (pepper, liquorice). On the palate, the wines have a beautiful texture, they are ample with tight tannins that give a beautiful structure and volume. Lovely fruit notes, as well as length and freshness, then come through. These wines should age well.

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Coteaux d'Aix-en-Provence Whites

A pale yellow robe with gold, white or green hues. The nose is intense, revealing notes of stone and citrus fruit. Plenty of freshness on the palate where notes of lemon and exotic fruit come through.

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