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Study Cards on provence, hl, aoc

What are the AOCs in Provence?
  1. Côtes de Provence AOC - the largest, 20.000ha, 90% is rosé

Next three produce 95% of the AOC wines in Provence
  1. Coteaux Varois en Provence
  2. Coteaux d'Aix en Provence
  3. Les Baux de Provence

Other AOCs
  1. Bandol: more red than rosé
  2. Bellet
  3. Cassis
  4. Palette,
small and historic, most sold locally
Give facts on Côtes de Provence AOC
  • 20.000 ha = biggest
  • 90% is rosé
  • principal varieties GN, Cins, Mour, Syr, Tibouren
  • wines must be blend of varieties
  • max yields 55 hl/h (average 45 hl/ha)
  • subzones e.g. Cts de Pr Sainte-Victoire AOC > 50 hl/ha
  • pale-pink, raspberry, red plum, herbal notes, med ac-alc-body
  • good to very good, mid > premium priced
Les Beaux de Provence AOC
  • In far north-west of region
  • close to Rhône river
  • most red
  • GrenNoir, Syr, Mourv must be mind 60 % of blend
The Bandol AOC îs unusual in Provence, why?
  • More red than rosé
  • recent years rosé became most common by volume
  • vineyards on south-facing slopes > protection from tramontana wind
  • on steep hills > terraces
    • prevents erosion
    • easier to work
  • area under vine reduced to 600ha due to
    • competition for land
    • difficulties to work on the slopes
  • feature Mourvèdre
    • reds must be 50-95% Mourvèdre
  • Max yields 40 hl/ha
  • Domaine Tempier
  • Co-operatives 50% of production
  • good-very good
  • mid-price/super-premium
What are the Two AOC's in Var département Provence?
  • Coteaux Varois en Provence AOC
  • Coteaux d' Aix-en-Provence AOC
  • 60 hl/ha
  • Counoise principal variety
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