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 - 2020 vintage

Coteaux d'Aix-en-Provence Rosés

Shimmering, vibrant, light colours of salmon-pink, peach and lychee with clean pink reflections. Their nose offers up floral and tangy red berry fruit notes followed by intense aromas of citrus and yellow or white-fleshed fruits, occasionally lifted by some sweet spice and seasoning accents. Their palate is ample with a great acid backbone – the complex, fruity rosé wines revolve around an impression of volume and an acidic frame that makes them thirst-quenching and very palatable.

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Coteaux d'Aix-en-Provence Reds

The red wines can show robust styles, conducive to ageing, but there is also a noteworthy trend towards easy-drinking, clearly fruity, un-oaked wines, some of which are produced through pre-fermentation cold soaking and short vatting periods.

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Coteaux d'Aix-en-Provence Whites

Just like the rosés, the white wines are often fresh and aromatic with very nuanced colours.

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