Where is the appellation located?
The Côtes-de-Provence appellation stretches along the creeks and beaches between Marseille and Nice, up the valleys of the Arc and Argens rivers and is filled with the scent of thyme. It covers three departments (Var, Bouches-du-Rhône, Alpes-Maritimes).
What is a "Cru Classé"?
In 1955, 23 estates and châteaux in Côtes-de-Provence were awarded the exceptional title of "Cru Classé", just like the prestigious Bordeaux appellations. Out of the 23 to benefit from this title, 18 remain today, including Château Saint-Maur, Domaine de Rimauresq, Château Sainte-Marguerite, Château Sainte-Roseline, Domaine de la Croix, Château Minuty, ... This classification is based solely on anteriority and no revision is foreseen; it is therefore questionable whether all 18 estates still deserve this title and whether there are other producers in the appellation that should be included.
What are the main grape varieties?
Appearance: Clear colour, ranging from pale pink to light orange and salmon.
Nose: These rosé wines can be intense or discreet, powerful or of a tender finesse. The nose can be fruity (red fruits, black fruits), floral, herbal (fennel, thyme, broom, dill), vegetal (mint, tobacco, herbal tea), mineral (gunflint) or balsamic (pine bark).
Palate: These are dry, round, structured wines, but always fresh and elegant. They are beautifully balanced with long lingering finish.
Service temperature: 10-12 °C
Ageing potential: Drink within the year, but the best cuvées can be aged.
Food and wine pairing: Aperitif, cold cuts, starters (caprese salad, fried courgette flowers), fish (red mullet, bouillabaisse), red meat (grilled) or white meat, cheeses (soft cheeses, banon, pélardon), dessert (crème brûlée, strawberries)
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