rosés et reds
Terroir designation of the Côtes de Provence AOC recognized in
A continental micro-climate
This region enjoys a climate with slightly continental nuances. Protected from maritime influences to the south by the Monts Auréliens and the Sainte-Baume Mountain Range, it covers the hillsides of the upper Arc Valley. Sainte-Victoire’s rocky ridge confirms this continental micro-climate and somewhat lessens the intensity of the Mistral wind. The Mistral can however blow very hard there, protecting the vines from disease. The Côtes de Provence Sainte-Victoire wine region (like everywhere in the larger Provence wine region) is considered to be one of the most natural in France, thanks to the drying effects of the Mistral.
Poor soils, generous wines
The poor, relatively shallow soil here, formed of limestone and clayey sandstone, bears quality vineyards: great red wines that are delicate or robust and generous, as well as elegant rosés with subtle flavours.
red and rosé wines
red and rosé wines
Flavourful and attractive, this Provençal varietal has long been used as a table grape. It is widely used to make rosé in Provence.
It adds a fresh, delicate, fruity touch to wines, nuancing the power of other varietals.
This varietal comes from Spain originally. It is very high-yield and resistant to violent winds and drought.
Grenache brings fatness, a full body and power to wines. It gives young wines elegant hints of berries, and spicier, meaty notes to more evolved wines.
Syrah is a grape that produces small black berries with a bluish sheen and delicate but fairly hardy skin.
Syrah creates solid, deep-coloured wines whose tannins make them coarse in the first years, but benefit particularly from prolonged ageing. Over the years, it evolves into its characteristic notes of vanilla, tobacco and candied berries.
Fairly uncommon in Provence, this famous Bordeaux varietal grows small berries with hard skins and crunchy flesh.
It brings tannic robustness to wines that is both powerful and gentle, and which helps with ageing: its characteristic nose of green pepper, blackcurrant and tobacco distinguishes it from other varietals. When blended with Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon can produce wines with good aging capacity.
Great in poor soil and well-established in the South of France, this varietal that was once very widespread in Provence has now become rarer.
It needs to be cultivated on low-yield hillsides to fully express itself. It then produces robust, generous deep-coloured wines that provide an excellent foundation for a blending. When not blended, it delivers aromas of cherry, raspberry and prune, and takes several years to acquire a patina.
Its small berries prefer warm, calcareous terroirs. This varietal ripens slowly: it is happiest when facing the sea, where it can ripen properly. It has been planted in Provence for a very long time.
Mourvèdre produces robust wines with delicate, assertive tannins. While young, wines made with this varietal offer touches of violet and blackberry. Its smooth suppleness, accompanied by characteristic notes of spices, pepper and cinnamon, are only revealed after several years of cellar ageing. Mourvèdre is often used in blends with Grenache and Syrah.
Other white varietals
Plus a handful of white varietals: Clairette, Sémillon, Ugni Blanc and Vermentino (or Rolle).
Currently based in a house in the village of Puyloubier, the Association des Vignerons de la Sainte-Victoire will be moving to its permanent home in Spring 2018, in the Sainte-Victoire House in Saint-Antonin-sur-Bayon.
Association des Vignerons de la Sainte-Victoire
11 Avenue Pierre Jacquemet