Coteaux d'Aix-en-Provence Wine
Seven generations of the Ambroso-Collomb family have tended vines on the southern slope of the Chaîne des Côtes above the market town of Lambesc so have a good understanding of the free-draining, sun-kissed, clay and limestone terroir. Their vine holdings extend to 40 hectares from which they produce aromatic white, rosé and red wines that drink well on their youthful fruit and make a fine accompaniment to Mediterranean dishes rich in seafood, fresh vegetables and olives.
Their 'Harmonie' rosé, which enjoys a strong local following and accounts for over 70% of their output, is made from a blend of Syrah, Grenache Noir and Cinsault that is fermented at low temperatures to conserve fresh aromas. The finished wine has a pale, coral-pink colour, appealing red fruit aromas and a palate of raspberries and redcurrants with an elegant, dry finish. Its white stablemate is vinified from Vermentino and Sauvignon Blanc and has citrus scents preceding a palate of yellow stone-fruit with zesty undertones making for uplifting al fresco imbibing. Completing a terrific triumvirate is a rounded red blend of Grenache Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah that has a deep, garnet robe, a bright ripe hedgerow berry bouquet and smooth blackcurrant and blackberry flavours offset by fine-grained supple tannins. It would perfectly accompany a roast gigot d'agneau, liberally studded with garlic and rosemary.