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Provence Wine

The Mediterranean climate in Provence benefits from 3,000 hours of sunlight and 700mm of rainfall per year – ideal growing conditions for thick-skinned grapes. An array of varieties are produced, with the intriguing appellation of Palette permitting over 25 grapes in the final blend (the highest allowed in France). As well as vibrant whites and robust reds, rosé wine comes into its own in Provence, satisfying the demand for a summer thirst quencher that can be drunk with a meal. The more common appellations of Bandol and Côtes du Luberon are joined by the more obscure Coteaux des Baux (where you will find the remarkable wines of Domaine de Trévallon), Cassis (the classic accompaniment to Bouillabaisse) and Bellet, where Jacques Dalmasso produces red, white and rosé wines from less than three acres of land.
  • Bandol: Mas de la Rouvière Rouge 2009

    A full-bodied red from Bandol, the spiritual home of Mourvèdre, with a beguiling, deep purple robe, dark, hedgerow berry scents and a palate of black fruit, spices, dried ceps and game. It makes a fine accompaniment to roast beef, lamb and Autumnal mushroom dishes.

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    • Magnum £49.00
    • Magnum Case £294.00
  • Bellet: Domaine de la Source Blanc 2012

    Eric and Carine Dalmasso’s Bellet Blanc is made from pure Rolle (aka Vermentino) and makes a wonderful aperitif or partner to seafood. Most of Bellet's production adorns the wine lists of Nice's more knowledgeable eating establishments, so at Yapp Brothers, we consider ourselves very fortunate to have these wines on our list.

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    • Bottle £25.50
    • Bottle Case £306.00
  • Coteaux d'Aix: Domaine des Oullières Rouge 2012

    This red Coteaux d'Aix wine from Domaine des Oullières is made from a hand-harvested 40% each of Cabernet Sauvignon and Grenache Noir along with 20% Syrah: almost a Rhône – Bordeaux fusion. Mid-weight, versatile, and easy-drinking.

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    • Bottle £10.95
    • Bottle Case £131.40
  • Château Simone Rosé 2013

    One of only a handful of rosé wines that feature in Neil Beckett's book '1001 wines you must try before you die' and for good reason. Anyone who thinks rosé is not a serious wine category needs to try this.

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    • Bottle £37.00
    • Bottle Case £444.00
  • Côtes de Provence: Domaine Richeaume 'Tradition' Blanc 2012

    This supple white Provençal wine shows mineral and floral characters on the nose leading to a rich, deftly oaked palate of white orchard fruit and mineral undertones.

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    • Bottle £17.95
    • Bottle Case £215.40
  • Bellet: Domaine de la Source Rouge 2011

    A ruby-coloured, spicy, herb-tinged red Bellet wine that it is a delight to drink and shows high-quality, distinctive, artisanal winemaking at its best. It is dense and spicy with a fine concentration of dark, autumnal fruit and an attractive bouquet of dark cherries and berries.

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    • Bottle £25.50
    • Bottle Case £306.00
  • Bellet: Domaine de la Source Rosé 2013

    A rare rosé wine, produced in the hills directly behind Nice, most of which is consumed on the smart terraces of the Vieille Ville or along the beachfront of the Promenade des Anglais. As the Dalmasso family's only (and long-standing) export partner, we recommend a glass with pissaladière or stuffed courgette flowers.

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    • Bottle £25.50
    • Bottle Case £306.00
  • Coteaux des Baux: Domaine de Trévallon Rouge 2004

    "...a beautiful, beautiful Trevallon 2004." Victoria Moore, The Telegraph Luxury, Sept 2014.

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    • Bottle £50.00
    • Bottle Case £600.00
  • Côtes de Provence: Domaine Richeaume: Cuvée Tradition 2012

    The red 'Cuvée Tradition' from Domaine Richeaume is a long-standing Yapp favourite, blended from Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Grenache Noir, and offering a subtle, savoury, mid-weight palate. Roast leg of lamb studded with garlic and anchovies would be the perfect provençal pairing.

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    • Bottle £18.50
    • Bottle Case £222.00
  • Côtes de Provence: Domaine Richeaume: Cuvée Columelle 2012

    A dense, dark-ruby coloured wine with a wonderful red cherry nose. It exhibits rather more concentration and evident oak aging than the 'Tradition' cuvée, but has plenty of the Domaine’s signature sleek, dark fruit.

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    • Bottle £27.95
    • Bottle Case £335.40
  • Château Simone Blanc 2012

    A framed menu on the walls at the Château notes that, when the well-to-do people of Aix hosted a lunch for Presidents Mitterand and Berlusconi, white Simone was served with the starter. Whether this is a good or bad advert for the wine is open to interpretation, but it demonstrates that it's held in high regard. The wine is complex, attractive and very well structured.

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    • Bottle £37.00
    • Bottle Case £444.00
  • Château Simone Rouge 2011

    Château Simone Rouge - a rare unreconstructed historical gem. Complex 'cigar box', sandalwood and sous bois aromas precede a rich, evolved palate with some mushroom and resinous notes – it is often mistaken for top-quality Bordeaux. It merits decanting, readily supports a decade’s bottle-age, and will make a perfect foil to a garlic-studded gigot d'agneau or grilled rib of beef.

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    • Bottle £37.00
    • Bottle Case £444.00
  • Côtes du Luberon: Château la Canorgue Rouge 2012

    The dense, dark Château la Canorgue rouge has wonderful, wild herb scents and garrigue berry flavours supported by a framework of ripe tannins - a round and powerful Provence wine.

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    • Bottle £13.95
    • Bottle Case £167.40
  • Côtes du Luberon: Château la Canorgue Rosé 2014

    Provence is renowned for it's rosé wines, and Château la Canorgue's is a superlative example. Made from Provençal staples Syrah, Grenache and Mourvèdre, it is light enough to be drunk alone but would happily stand up to bouillabaise or a Provençal goat's cheese.

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    • Bottle £13.95
    • Bottle Case £167.40
  • Côtes du Luberon: Château la Canorgue Blanc 2014

    This organic provençal white wine is a blend of Grenache, Clairette, Roussanne and Marsanne, grown at an elevated altitude which imparts a notable freshness. It is light enough to be drunk on its own or with olives, but will happily stand up to bouillabaisse or pissaladière

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    • Bottle £13.95
    • Bottle Case £167.40
  • Cassis: Clos Sainte Magdeleine Blanc 2013

    The ultimate seafood partner, produced from grapes grown on the slopes of France's highest sea cliff, the Cap Canaille. Sublime scenery and wondrous wine.

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    • Bottle £19.75
    • Bottle Case £237.00
  • Coteaux des Baux: Domaine de Trévallon Rouge 2011

    "A step behind the gorgeous 2010, the 2011 Alpilles offers an upfront, perfumed and complex style in its garrigue, saddle leather, lavender and assorted red berry fruit. Possessing some brett, it's a full-bodied, full-flavored and character filled effort that has sweet tannin and terrific length. I don't think it will be the longest lived Trevallon, but another 7-8 years should be no problem." 92/100. Jeb Dunnuck - eRobertParker.com

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    • Bottle £39.75
    • Bottle Case £477.00
  • Coteaux des Baux: Domaine de Trévallon Rouge 2007

    "Dark crimson. Strongly herbally scented. Almost eucalyptus-like. But with masses of flesh. Clean and fresh on the finish. One of the more intense vintages. Great balance and drive." Jancis Robinson.

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    • Bottle £75.00
    • Bottle Case £900.00
  • Bandol: Mas de la Rouvière Rosé 2014

    The Bunan's rosé wine is hugely popular on the smarter restaurant terraces of the Riviera and we are grateful for our generous annual allocation. It is best served on the sun-drenched deck of a private yacht with a vast platter of fruits de mer, but a pint of prawns in the back garden will suffice in extremis.

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    • Bottle £18.75
    • Bottle Case £225.00
  • Bandol: Mas de la Rouvière Blanc 2014

    This celebrated white from the Bunan family is made from pure Clairette. It demands no more accompaniment than a few almonds or olives but its raison d’être is to partner seafood - filets de rouget à la plancha would fit the bill nicely.

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    • Bottle £18.75
    • Bottle Case £225.00
  • Bandol: Mas de la Rouvière Rouge 2011

    A full-bodied red from the Côte d'Azur, with a beguiling, deep purple robe, dark, hedgerow berry scents and a palate of black fruit, spices, dried ceps and game.

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    • Half Bottle £10.50
    • Half Bottle Case £252.00
  • Cassis: Clos Sainte Magdeleine Rosé 2014

    As well as the Clos Sainte Magdeleine blanc, François Sack’s estate makes a spot of Cassis rosé from Provençal staples Grenache, Cinsault and Mourvèdre. It has delicate red–berry aromas and a savoury, dry finish and it too has a definite affinity for seafood – lobster, langoustines or a simple dressed crab would suffice. Now available in magnums!

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    • Bottle £19.95
    • Bottle Case £239.40
  • Coteaux d'Aix: Domaine des Oullières Blanc 2014

    A gorgeous, organic white wine from Provence which has been particularly well received on these shores. Food and wine matching expert Fiona Beckett recently described it as "An intense, fragrant, Vermentino-based white to drink with seafood.", and we heartily concur.

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    • Bottle £10.95
    • Bottle Case £131.40
  • Coteaux d'Aix: Domaine des Oullières Rosé 2014

    This youthful, organic rosé wine from the Coteaux d'Aix, just north of Aix-en-Provence, is a blend of Cinsault and Grenache. Crisp, refreshing and savoury, it's ideal when sipped al fresco with or without some freshly-landed langoustines.

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    • Bottle £10.95
    • Bottle Case £131.40
  • Bandol: Mas de la Rouvière Rouge 2010

    A full-bodied red from the Côte d'Azur, with a beguiling, deep purple robe, dark, hedgerow berry scents and a palate of black fruit, spices, dried ceps and game.

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    • Bottle £18.75
    • Bottle Case £225.00

Quick and Easy Guide to the Wines of Provence

Brush up on your knowledge of wines from the playground of France.

Overview:
Provence is home to some of France’s oldest, but least well-known vineyards, some of which date back to Roman times. Ample light levels, free-draining soils of sand and granite, low rainfall and a long ripening season provide an ideal climate for viticulture. Historically ill-served by the Paris-based Institut National des Appellations d’Origine, wines from Provence can offer terrific value and variety.

Area Under Vine:
Bordered by the Rhône in the west and the Côte d’Azur in the east, mountains in the north and the Mediterranean in the south, viticultural Provence extends over little more than 100 square miles with some 25,000 hectares under vine.
88% of production is rosé, 75% of which is bottled as Côtes de Provence.

Key AOCs:
Côtes de Provence, Côteaux d’Aix en Provence, Bandol, Bellet, Cassis, Palette, Les Baux de Provence and Côtes du Luberon.

Principal grapes:
Rolle, Ugni Blanc, Clairette, Marsanne, Roussanne, Mourvèdre, Cinsault, Syrah, Grenache noir and Carignan.

Notable domaines:
Château Simone, Domaines Tempier, Ott, Bunan, Richeaume and Trévallon, Château la Canorgue, Clos Sainte Magdeleine, Vignelaure.

Local delicacies:
Bouillabaisse, Salade Niçoise, Aïoli, Pissaladière, Ratatouille, Banon and Picadon cheeses, stuffed courgette flowers, olives, agneau de Sisteron and tartare de thon.

Restaurants we like:
La Paillotte (Cassis), Christian Étienne (Avignon), La Maison Jaune (St-Rémy), Le Fournil (Bonnieux), L’ Auberge des Michels (Peynier) and Le Petit Verdot (Aix).

Famous people from the region:
Authors Sybille Bedford (grew up near Sanary) and Jean-Claude Izzo (Marseilles), footballers Eric Cantona and Zinedine Zidane (Marseilles) pastis magnate Paul Ricard, folk band the Gipsy Kings (Arles) and Vincent van Gogh (resident in Arles at time of death).

Things to do:
Go hiking in the Verdon gorges or horse-riding across the Camargue delta, attend the music festivals in Aix or Arles, see Olympique Marseilles play football, picnic in Les Calanques, visit the hilltop villages of Les Baux or Gordes.

Bien classique:
Bandol rosé, Mas de la Rouvière.

Autre chose:
Domaine de Trévallon rouge.