Trees

Area

49,670

Acres

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Wine sector

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Coteaux Varois en Provence AOC recognized in

1993
The vineyards of Coteaux Varois en Provence are located in the heart of "calcareous Provence". In its basins and narrow valleys, production is strictly limited to 28 communes grouped around Brignoles, the former summer home of the Counts of Provence. Its terroir is distinguished by pronounced mountainous reliefs that peak at 600 to more than 1,000 metres in the Sainte-Baume Mountain Range.

A continental climate

These grapevines grow at altitude: at an average of 350 metres, with the highest plots at 500 metres. Additionally, the presence of rocky mountain ranges – Sainte-Baume to the West, the Bessillons to the north and the Barres de Cuers to the south – provide a natural blockade against maritime influences. All of this topography gives the Coteaux Varois en Provence a continental climate: the often very mild autumns and springs alternate with sometimes torrid summers and very cold, harsh winters that are more pronounced than in the rest of the region.

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Calcareous soil

The terroir of Coteaux Varois en Provence owes a great deal of its character to its geology: a series of folded limestone and calcareous clay oriented from east to West, that alternate with zones of fine gravel and flint. A high plateau, from which the main waterways of the Var spring forth, overlooks a large depression to the south that separates it from the Massif des Maures.

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Tasting notes - 2019 vintage

Coteaux Varois en Provence Rosés

A pale robe which ranges from salmon to a very pale pink. Complex and expressive, the nose combines citrus fruit, white and yellow-fleshed stone fruit (peach), exotic fruit and fresh red fruit. With a balanced freshness and roundness, the palate is intense, full-bodied, persistent and aromatic (lemon and fruit notes).

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Coteaux Varois en Provence Reds

These present rich robes, ranging from deep ruby red to garnet, via crimson. The nose combines dark fruit (blackcurrant, blackberry, prune), spices (liquorice) and sometimes leather. The palate is ample and dense, with silky tannins. They offer a long finish and the potential for laying down is interesting.

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Coteaux Varois en Provence Whites

A pure pale yellow hue with glints of green. The nose is expressive, opening on aromas of citrus, white and exotic fruit and white flowers. There is a liveliness on the palate, a balance between freshness and the roundness which is typical of wines from this appellation, as well as notes of lemon and exotic or white-fleshed stone fruit.

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Maison des vins Coteaux Varois en Provence

At the heart of the Royal Abbey of La Celle – an extraordinary Provençal site – sits the Maison des Vins Coteaux Varois en Provence, a veritable showroom for the appellation. Each week, a selection of wines is chosen for free tastings. In addition to this tasting education space, the Maison des Vins is also home to a model conservation vineyard, located on the grounds of the Abbey. A multitude of varietals are cultivated there and displayed in a formal garden.

Maison des Vins Coteaux Varois en Provence

Abbaye de La Celle – 83170 La Celle

Tel: +33 (0)4 94 69 33 18
Fax: +33 (0)4 94 59 04 47

Email: mdv@coteaux-varois.com

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At the heart of the Royal Abbey of La Celle – an extraordinary Provençal site – sits the Maison des Vins Coteaux Varois en Provence, a veritable showroom for the appellation. Each week, a selection of wines is chosen for free tastings. In addition to this tasting education space, the Maison des Vins is also home to a model conservation vineyard, located on the grounds of the Abbey. A multitude of varietals are cultivated there and displayed in a formal garden.

Maison des Vins Coteaux Varois en Provence

Abbaye de La Celle – 83170 La Celle

Tel: +33 (0)4 94 69 33 18
Fax: +33 (0)4 94 59 04 47

Email: mdv@coteaux-varois.com