Côtes du Luberon Wine
New mother and fifth-generation wine-maker Nathalie Margan currently cultivates over 40 hectares of vines around the picturesque hill village of Bonnieux on the edge of the Montagne de Luberon. The viticulture at Château La Canorgue has been completely organic since her father Jean-Pierre started out in 1978 and substantial investment in a smart new subterranean winery has given this pioneering estate's characterful and fruit-accentuated wines even more precision and delineation. The Château La Canorgue blanc is made from a blend of Roussanne, Marsanne, Clairette and Bourboulenc and has uplifting wildflower and citrus aromas and a smoothly-textured stone fruit palate with an elegant, dry finish. An attractive brick pink rosé is made from a blend of Grenache Noir, Mourvèdre and Syrah and has a bouquet of wild strawberries preceding a palate redolent of ripe red fruit offset by fresh acidity. Completing the range is a wonderfully briary red that is blended from Syrah, Grenache Noir and Carignan and has hedgerow berry scents and a complex core of dark forest fruit with spicy undertones and supple tannins. It makes a fine foil for Provençal cuisine - a daube Provençale liberally scattered with black olives and rosemary would be ideal.