The appellation Coteaux d'Aix en Provence is a charming area in the south of France, famous for its romance, beauty and delicious wine. In ancient times the Romans called the area provincia (our province) and was the first Roman province outside Italy. Since 600BC wine has been produced in the region.
Coteaux d'Aix en Provence is the second largest appellation in Provence, with Côtes de Provence being the largest. The city of Aix en Provence is in this appellation as well as its surrounding communes. Aix en Provence is a magical city, showcasing fine architecture, art and of course wine. The city is home to the famous Cours Mirabeau, an avenue lined with cafés and shops, for example, the Deux Garçons, the most famous brasserie in Aix. Built in 1792, it has been frequented by the likes of Paul Cézanne, Émile Zola and Ernest Hemingway.
This appellation produces more red wine than rosé wine. Nearly 60% of the production is red wine, followed by 35% rosé and 5% white wine. The wine made in this region is regarded as being superior to other appellations in Provence due to its terroir and its highly regarded producers. The major grape varieties, which are planted in this region include Grenache, Cinsaut and Mourvedre. The white grape varieties include Bourboulenc, Clairette, Grenache blanc, Chardonnay, Sauvignon blanc and Semillon.
Below are tasting notes from my recent visit to Coteaux d'Aix en Provence.
Château Vignelaure (red) 2007
Made from Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache and Syrah. This wine is a deep garnet red colour. The palate has strong concentrated fruit flavours with obvious use of oak. Nice sweet bouquet with lovely olive blackcurrant notes. 90/100
La Colline de Vignelaure
Made from Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Delicate and complex palate with nice acidity. A well structured wine, good wine to tuck away in the cellar. 91/100
La Source de Vignelaure 2008
Aged for 12 months in oak barrels. The palate offers soft tannins in the mouth with blackcurrant flavours. Nice bouquet of cherry and spices. The wine has a beautiful length in the mouth. Good value for money here. 89/100
Le Page de Vignelaure 2008
Nice purple red colour. Made from Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Aromas of blackberry and fruits of the forest, evident vanilla toasty notes. Silky tannins on the finish with spice and plum. Potential of ageing for at least 5 years. 89/100
Château Vignelaure Rosé
Made from Grenache and Syrah. Nice floral bouquet with an attractive warm pink colour. Good balance between freshness and roundness on the palate. length in the mouth. A perfect rosé to pair with seafood. 90/100