Provence Wine

  • Coteaux des Baux: Domaine de Trévallon Rouge 2005

    Coteaux des Baux: Domaine de Trévallon Rouge 2005

    Bigger, more plush. A youthfully dark but brilliant hue with Cabernet's sweet, perfumed black berries on the nose. Dense, concentrated, with fine acid backbone. A touch more obvious oak , but in balance with the fruit, so likley to resolve with time.

    • Bottle £49.00
    • Bottle Case £588.00
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  • Château Simone Rouge 2009

    Château Simone Rouge 2009

    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. Plump tannins and a balanced acidity yield a red wine that improves considerably with bottle age.

    • Bottle £36.00
    • Bottle Case £432.00
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  • Côtes de Provence: Domaine Richeaume: Cuvée Columelle 2011

    Côtes de Provence: Domaine Richeaume: Cuvée Columelle 2011

    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.

    • Bottle £27.95
    • Bottle Case £335.40
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  • Bandol: Mas de la Rouvière Rouge 2009

    Bandol: Mas de la Rouvière Rouge 2009

    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.

    • Bottle £18.50
    • Bottle Case £222.00
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  • Bellet: Domaine de la Source Blanc 2012

    Bellet: Domaine de la Source Blanc 2012

    Domaine de la Source Blanc is an esoteric dry white wine with appealing apricot and citrus aromas and bright, un-oaked palate of fresh orchard fruit with subtle Provençal herb undertones.

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

    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.

    • Bottle £10.95
    • Bottle Case £131.40
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  • Côtes de Provence: Domaine Richeaume: Cuvée Tradition 2011

    Côtes de Provence: Domaine Richeaume: Cuvée Tradition 2011

    The red ‘Cuvée Tradition’ from Domaine Richeaume is a long-standing Yapp favourite. It has briary, garrigue-berry aromas and a core of juicy, dark cassis fruit licked with notes of herbs and spices supported by a couch of silky tannins.

    • Bottle £18.50
    • Bottle Case £222.00
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  • Château Simone Blanc 2011

    Château Simone Blanc 2011

    The Château Simone Blanc has a lovely dry, savoury palate, subtle scrub and herb scents and delicate resinous undertones. Unusual, attractive and very well structured.

    • Bottle £36.00
    • Bottle Case £432.00
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  • Château Simone Rosé 2013

    Château Simone Rosé 2013

    The brick-pink rosé from Château Simone has beguiling garrigue berry scents and flavours and enough body to stand up to flavoursome Mediterranean cuisine.

    • Bottle £36.00
    • Bottle Case £432.00
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  • Cassis: Clos Sainte Magdeleine Rosé 2013

    Cassis: Clos Sainte Magdeleine Rosé 2013

    An attractive coral pink rosé Cassis wine. It has bright redcurrant aromas and a crisp, savoury palate of Summer berries and cherries.

    • Bottle £19.95
    • Bottle Case £239.40
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  • Cassis: Clos Sainte Magdeleine Blanc 2012

    Cassis: Clos Sainte Magdeleine Blanc 2012

    The ultimate seafood partner, produced from grapes grown on the slopes of France's highest sea cliff, the Cap Canaille. Aromas of wild herbs and a whiff of Provençal pine precede an alluring citrus palate, with an attractive, slightly-oily finish.

    • Bottle £19.50
    • Bottle Case £234.00
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  • Vin de Pays des Portes de la Méditerranée: Beret 2013

    Vin de Pays des Portes de la Méditerranée: Beret 2013

    The very aromatic nose of Beret offers red berry and cherry aromas and a hint of spice. It is forward and fruity with a generous palate of juicy black fruit.

    • Bottle £10.50
    • Bottle Case £126.00
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  • Côtes du Luberon: Château la Canorgue Blanc 2013

    Côtes du Luberon: Château la Canorgue Blanc 2013

    Deceptively pale yet fruit laden white wine with crisp acidity and freshness. Appealing agrume aromas and uplifting apricot and white peach flavours.

    • Bottle £13.95
    • Bottle Case £167.40
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  • Côtes du Luberon: Château la Canorgue Rosé 2013

    Côtes du Luberon: Château la Canorgue Rosé 2013

    The Côtes du Luberon rosé from Château la Canorgue has a delightful coral-pink colour, a delicate crushed raspberry bouquet and crisp, clean palate redolent of ripe redcurrants.

    • Bottle £13.95
    • Bottle Case £167.40
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  • Bandol: Mas de la Rouvière Rosé 2013

    Bandol: Mas de la Rouvière Rosé 2013

    This stylish Provençal rosé wine has a lovely coral-pink colour and bounteous crushed-berry scents and flavours, offset with some wild herb notes and the faintest rasp of tannin.

    • Bottle £18.50
    • Bottle Case £222.00
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  • Côtes du Luberon: Château la Canorgue Rouge 2011

    Côtes du Luberon: Château la Canorgue Rouge 2011

    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.

    • Bottle £13.95
    • Bottle Case £167.40
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  • Coteaux d'Aix: Domaine des Oullières Blanc 2013

    Coteaux d'Aix: Domaine des Oullières Blanc 2013

    Aromas of white flowers and hints of fennel precede a crisp, dry palate with alluring citrus undertones.

    • Bottle £10.95
    • Bottle Case £131.40
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  • Coteaux d'Aix: Domaine des Oullières Rosé 2013

    Coteaux d'Aix: Domaine des Oullières Rosé 2013

    This youthful rosé wine from the Coteaux d'Aix, just north of Aix-en-Provence, has delicate raspberry and red berry scents and flavours, and a crisp, refreshing finish.

    • Bottle £10.75
    • Bottle Case £129.00
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  • Côtes de Provence: Domaine Richeaume: Blanc de Blancs 2012

    Côtes de Provence: Domaine Richeaume: Blanc de Blancs 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.

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

    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.

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

    Bellet: Domaine de la Source Rosé 2013

    A dry and rarefied rosé wine with inviting crushed berry scents and flavours and an elegant savoury finish.

    • Bottle £25.50
    • Bottle Case £306.00
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  • Bandol: Mas de la Rouvière Blanc 2013

    Bandol: Mas de la Rouvière Blanc 2013

    The Bandol: Mas de la Rouvière blanc is made from pure Clairette and has an attractive citrus fruit and wild flower bouquet and a smooth, sensual, mid-weight palate with an elegant, dry finish.

    • Bottle £18.50
    • Bottle Case £222.00
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  • Coteaux des Baux: Domaine de Trévallon Rouge 2010

    Coteaux des Baux: Domaine de Trévallon Rouge 2010

    "Although slightly less concentrated than the audacious 2009 vintage, the 2010 is unquestionably a serious vintage with firm tannins and a fine acidity that which will repay bottle-age. Domaine de Trévallon is certainly enjoying a purple patch at present. Drink 2015 – 2028." Jason Yapp.

    • Bottle £39.75
    • Bottle Case £477.00
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Provence wines

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.

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.