The AOC Coteaux-d’Aix-en-Provence covers nearly 42 square kilometers, in 49 towns located between Aix en Provence and Marseille in south-eastern corner of France. The Mediterranean climate is really exceptional. The terroir benefits from perfect sunshine and the mistral brings its benefits to the vine. The rains are minimal throughout the year and the winters relatively mild.

The vineyards are established on a mainly clay-limestone soil, consisting of pebbles and gravelly and loamy sands. The wines of this appellation come from the blending of various grape varieties (Grenache, Bourboulenc, Clairette …) but they develop qualities and a character of their own according to their production area.

This AOC produces 18,920,000 Liters / year of charming wines very typical of Aix-en-Provence. Rosés are the majority (60% of production), supple and fruity, they offer aromas of cassis, raspberry and lychee. The reds are structured, bold with aromas of violet, laurel, mint and tobacco, and can be kept up to 15 years. Dry whites represent only 5% of production.

The red wines have a purple hue that evolves to a ruby hue. The Rosé wines range from diaphanous pink to bright pink, salmon or coral. The white wines reveal a bright, pale yellow dress with green hues.

 

A part of important features of Coteaux-d’Aix-en-Provence appellation for red wines are as follows:

 

  • Soil: clay-limestone.
  • Taste: Light and supple.
  • Wine color: Red.
  • Aromas: Floral (violet) or vegetal (hay, mint, laurel, tobacco) notes.
  • Aging potential: 2 – 15 years.
  • Serving temperature: 14 to 16° C

 

A part of important features of Coteaux-d’Aix-en-Provence appellation for white wines are as follows:

 

  • Soil: clay-limestone.
  • Taste: Fine.
  • Wine color: Dry white.
  • Aromas: Cassis, raspberry and lychee, acacia, broom, and citrus.
  • Aging potential: 1 – 3 years.
  • Serving temperature: 10 to 12° C

 

A part of important features of Coteaux-d’Aix-en-Provence appellation for rose wines are as follows:

 

  • Soil: clay-limestone.
  • Taste: Soft attack and freshness.
  • Wine color: Rose.
  • Aromas: Fruity palette (strawberry, peach), floral (broom, linden) and balsamic (pine bark)..
  • Aging potential: 1 – 6 years.
  • Serving temperature: 9 to 11° C

Region Highlights

Surface: About 42 Square Kilometers
Classification: AOP Coteaux-d'Aix-en-Provence
Grapes: Grenache, Bourboulenc, Clairette, Syrah, Mourvèdre, Cinsaut, Vermentino (known locally as Rolle), Clairette, Grenache Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc and Ugni Blanc.
Types of Wines: White Wine, Rose Wine, Red Wine

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