Trees

Area

20 100

Hectares

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La filière viticole

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Côtes de Provence AOC recognized in

1977
The Côtes de Provence appellation spans more than 20,000 hectares (nearly 50,000 acres) and three departments: the Var, the Bouches-du-Rhône and one village in the Alpes-Maritimes, for a total of 84 communes.

An underground landscape

The terroir of the Côtes de Provence appellation is as beautiful for its vines as it is at their roots. The sub-soil represents complex geology that is particularly conducive to wine-making. Two large geological areas coexist in Côtes de Provence: one, to the north and West, is calcareous and the other is crystalline, to the south and east.

The entire northern and Western zones of Côtes de Provence are made up of alternating hills and limestone ridges sculpted by erosion. Further east, facing the sea, sit the crystalline Maures and Tanneron Mountain Ranges. This crystal series is formed in part of eruptive rocks.

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A patchwork of terroirs

Because of the terroir's size and variety, there is not one but several types of Côtes de Provence. Each has its own geological and climatic personality. Eight production areas make up the appellation: Bordure Maritime, Notre-Dame des Anges, Haut Pays, Bassin du Beausset, Sainte-Victoire, Fréjus, La Londe and Pierrefeu.

Four terroir designations are currently recognized there, each of which produces wines with a pronounced typicity: Côtes de Provence Sainte-Victoire, Côtes de Provence Fréjus, Côtes de Provence La Londe and Côtes de Provence Pierrefeu.

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Tasting notes - 2016 vintage

Côtes de Provence Rosés

Rosé wines from the 2016 vintage are luminous and pale salmon pink colour, with occasional nuances of dusky pink, which is due to the maturity of the polyphenols. Grenache, Cinsault and Syrah are used principally; Tibouren or Mourvèdre grapes, or Vermentino (white) grapes, are sometimes added to the blend. The wines are expressive, with a good aromatic potential, freshness and alcoholic richness. The wines offer aromas of citrus fruit (grapefruit, lemons), exotic fruit (passion fruit, mango), slightly sharp notes of red fruit (redcurrants, strawberries, raspberries and cherries) and some floral notes (white flowers, hawthorn, fennel); a slight minerality can be detected in wines from the driest terroirs (filtration). For some wines matured in wooden barrels, the aromatic bouquet is completed with notes of vanilla, dried fruit and spices.

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Côtes de Provence Reds

The weather conditions allowed for a later harvest, resulting in a good maturity of tannins and anthocyanins. The sweetness of the grapes has led to balanced wines that are not overpowered by alcohol. The colours are intense and vary from ruby red to deep purples; the wines offer a lovely fruitiness (cherries, raspberries, strawberries and blackcurrants) and freshness, with supple and rounded tannins; some will be perfect to enjoy in the summer. The wines that have a longer vatting time offer a greater complexity and fullness with flavours of blackberries, blueberries, cherries, garrigues and spices.

Wooden barrels are used to enhance, rather than mask, the flavour of the wine, giving it subtle notes of vanilla and rounded tannins.

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Côtes de Provence Whites

The Vermentino is the most commonly used grape in the creation of white wines within the Côtes de Provence appellation. White wines from the 2016 harvest are pale yellow with a few green reflections on occasion. They offer powerful fruit aromas (pear, exotic fruit, pineapple and citrus) as well as delicate notes of white flowers and aromas of mint and sage. They are fresh, full and round on the palate.

Their alcoholic richness is optimal and well balanced with the acidity. Whites are sometimes matured in barrels; these wines offer notes of vanilla, honey, spices and apricots.

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Maison des vins Côtes de Provence

Located in the heart of the appellation, the Maison des Vins offers visitors the opportunity to discover the terroir and wines of AOC Côtes de Provence with:

  • a collection of 800 wines available for purchase at producer prices,
  • oenology classes,
  • free tastings of 16 wines, a selection that changes from week to week,

Maison des Vins Côtes de Provence :
RN 7 – 83460
Les Arcs-sur-Argens – France
Tel: +33 (0)4 94 99 50 20

E-mail : contact@maison-des-vins.fr

www.maison-des-vins.fr

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Located in the heart of the appellation, the Maison des Vins offers visitors the opportunity to discover the terroir and wines of AOC Côtes de Provence with:

  • a collection of 800 wines available for purchase at producer prices,
  • oenology classes,
  • free tastings of 16 wines, a selection that changes from week to week,

Maison des Vins Côtes de Provence :
RN 7 – 83460
Les Arcs-sur-Argens – France
Tel: +33 (0)4 94 99 50 20

E-mail : contact@maison-des-vins.fr

www.maison-des-vins.fr