France, Coteaux d'Aix-en-Provence
Two concepts pivotal to the higher end French wines, in particular, are the idea of 'terroir' and the Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC) system. Terroir refers to the way the geography, geology and climate find their way into the glass, telling a story of the origin of the wine. The AOC was set up in 1935 and has the primary goal of protecting the authenticity of the wines and the livelihoods of the producers. Appellation rules strictly define which varieties of grapes and winemaking practices are approved for classification in each of France's several hundred geographically defined appellations, which can cover entire regions, individual villages or in some cases, like in Burgundy even specific vineyards.
Classic wine regions in France include Champagne (home of Champagne), Burgundy (Pinot Noir and Chardonnay), Bordeaux (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Petit Verdot), Alsace (Aromatic varietals), Loire Valley (Chenin Blanc, Crémant) and the Rhône Valley (Syrah, Grenache Mourvedre)
The Bordeaux classification of 1855 is still in use, as is the Sauternes and Barsac Classification of the same year. Wines from certain regions can be bought En Primeur, which is when the wine is sold prior to it being bottled.
- A blend of 50% Grenache, 40% Cinsault and 10% Syrah carefully selected from the best soils of Côtes de Provence. The nose shows rose petals and spice but also crab-apples and red apples. Some really nice peach character on the palate that’ ... Learn More
- Our sparkling rosé wine “La Folie” hails from northern Provence and the Luberon. Crafted using the “Charmat Method” (like Prosecco) this is a charming and fragrant rosé fizz. A beautiful ballet slipper pink, with a delicate sparkle and a nose ... Learn More
- A blend of 50% Grenache, 40% Cinsault and 10% Syrah carefully selected from the best soils of Côtes de Provence. The aromatic harmony of grenache and cinsault offers some notes of peach and candied orange. The palate is fresh, smooth and round ... Learn More
- Mirabeau Étoile originates from the same high altitude vineyard parcels as Pure. A stunning lychee coloured rosé with crystalline nuances, this wine is almost celestially sublime. An alluring bright colour of pale litchi, Etoile is the limited edition star of ... Learn More
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February is synonymous with Rose! The weather is hot, Valentine's Day is a few days away and we can't think of a better subject to match this time of year. ... Learn More