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Provence (Provençal) wine comes from the French wine-producing region of Provence in southeast France. The Romans called the area provincia nostra ("our province"), giving the region its name. Just south of the Alps, it was the first Roman province outside Italy.

Wine has been made in this region for at least 2,600 years, ever since the ancient Greeks founded the city ofMarseille in 600 BC. Throughout the region's history, viticulture and winemaking have been influenced by the cultures that have been present in Provence, which include the Ancient GreeksRomansGaulsCatalans andSavoyards. These diverse groups introduced a large variety of grapes to the region, including grape varieties ofGreek and Roman origin as well as SpanishItalian and traditional French wine grapes.

Today the region is known predominantly for its rosé wine, though wine critics such as Tom Stevenson believe that region's best wines are the spicy, full-flavoured red wines. Rosé wine currently accounts for more than half of the production of Provençal wine, with red wine accounting for about a third of the region's production. White wine is also produced in small quantities throughout the region with the Appellation d'origine contrôlée (AOC) region of Cassis specializing in white wine production. The Côtes de Provence is the largest AOC followed by the Coteaux d'Aix-en-Provence. The Bandol region near Toulon is one of the more internationally recognized Provençal wine regions.

Canorgue AOC Blanc 2016 (#7-56)
$16.00

Chateau La Canorgue Blanc is nicely balanced, complex and a well-structured wine. Flavors of white peaches, minerality, pineapple and other citrus fruits.  Produced organically, no chemical products are used and only natural insecticides employed.  

Grapes: Roussanne, Marsanne, Clairette and Grenache 

Region: Provence Vineyard:  Chateau La Canorgue
Canorgue Cuvée Prestige Rouge 2013 (#7-54)
$22.66

Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah blended and aged for 10 months in old oak barrels give this wine the stature and elegance of a top of the line effort.  A richness of aromas and flavors of cocoa, coffee and black fruits as well as soft tannins on the finish all combine to make this a special treat.

Grapes:  50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot and 25% Syrah


Region: Provence Vineyard:  Chateau La Canorgue
Gueissard Bandol Rosé 2016 (#43-22)
$20.00

Elegant, light pink with salmon glimmers.  The nose picks up expressive and complex tones of fresh aromas of citrus, mango, apricot notes.  The palate is fleshy, balanced, with aromas of exotic fruits and spices.

Grapes:Cinsault (40%), Mourvèdre (35%), Grenache (20%), Carignan (5%)

Region: Provence Vineyard:  Domaine Gueissard
Gueissard Bandol Rouge 2012 (#43-13)
$25.00

A deep purple red hue with aromas of red fruit and wild herbs scents. On the palate, fruit spices, chocolate and tobacco supported by elegant tannins.  Wine Spectator gives this great wine 92/100 points.

Grapes: 70% Mourvèdre, 15% Grenache, 15% Cinsault


Region: Provence Vineyard:  Domaine Gueissard
Gueissard Cuvée G Rosé 2017 (#43-23)
$15.25

The color is a salmon color with deep pink tinges. Red fruit aromas, such as raspberry, wild strawberry, and some lychee notes. Fresh in the mouth, rich and long-lasting.

Grapes: Syrah (55%), Cinsault (45%)

Region: Provence Vineyard:  Domaine Gueissard
Mascaronne Quat'Saisons Rosé 2017 (#41-16)
$17.50

Beautiful pale salmon color with glints of silver.  This rosé is highly expressive with notes of citrus and pink grapefruit followed by aromas of white peach.  The taste is full of citrus fruit notes and a beautiful maturity while retaining a subtle freshness.  Elegant and fruit-filled long finish.

Grapes: 45% Cinsault, 25% Grenache, 15% Mourvédre, 15% Syrah

Region: Provence Vineyard:  Château La Mascaronne
Pibarnon Blanc '16 (#58-11)
$0.00

Direct pressing and cold settling. Winemaking in vats with a piece of wood, a traditional method, slow fermentation. The 2015 vintage has a beautiful and clean freshness, with some minerality! The nose has light aromas of white, dried fruits, then a green freshness of lime and fennel. Fruity flavors round it all off slightly and give it an overall beautifully gourmand note. Elegance and a lot of balance! 

Grapes: 45% Clairette, 30% Bourboulenc, 25% various local grapes


Region: Provence Vineyard:  Château de Pibarnon
Pibarnon Nuances Rosé 2015 (#58-14)
$0.00

Production is quite small as this is an exceptional rosé. The best soils are chosen with Bandol yields of less than 35 hl /ha. Natural yeasts are used and a good quality wine-­making temperature of 21/23°C (70-74F) is used to extract aromas of the grape variety. Wine is bottled in late April. This is a classic Pibarnon rosé that may be enjoyed this year and for years to come.

Grapes: Mourvèdre 100%

Region: Provence Vineyard:  Château de Pibarnon
Pibarnon Rouge '13 (#58-16)
$0.00

In 2012, a big part of the harvest was vinified with complete grapes. The maturity and the concentration were very good, so it was just necessary to wait for the extraction. Aging in big oak vats from Burgundy and Austria. The origin and age of each barrel is chosen to store each wine. This wine is very expressive and "explosive”, with a lot of red and black fruits, a nice spice, but without hardness. In bottles since the summer of 2013, it gives a lot of seduction with much density, softness, but always with this famous Mourvedre's character!


Grapes: 90% Mourvèdre, 10% Grenache

Region: Provence Vineyard:  Château de Pibarnon
Pibarnon Rouge Magnum '12 (#58-11)
$0.00

In 2012, a big part of the harvest was vinified with complete grapes. The maturity and the concentration were very good, so it was just necessary to wait for the extraction. Aging in big oak vats from Burgundy and Austria. The origin and age of each barrel is chosen to store each wine. This wine is very expressive and "explosive”, with a lot of red and black fruits, a nice spice, but without hardness. In bottles since the summer of 2013, it gives a lot of seduction with much density, softness, but always with this famous Mourvedre's character!

Grapes: 90% Mourvèdre, 10% Grenache

Region: Provence Vineyard:  Château de Pibarnon
Valentines Côtes de Provence 2014 Rouge (#16-47)
$0.00

A very complex wine -- hints of pepper, spices, a little licorice, mint and violets on the nose.  Well-balanced and rich, it has a long finish and is an excellent example of red wines from the region.  Grapes are equally balanced between Grenache, Syrah, Mourvédre, Cabernet Sauvignon and 70-year old vines of Carignan.  Will cellar for 7-10 years.

Grapes:  Grenache, Syrah, Mourvédre, Cabernet Sauvignon and 70-year old vines of Carignan


Region: Provence Vineyard:  Chateau Les Valentines
Valentines Côtes de Provence 2016 Blanc (#16-45)
$22.00

Fantastic and distinctive blend of Clairette, Vermentino and 80 years old vines of Ugni blanc, shows the elegance and delicacy of a great white wine. The nose is dominated by acacia and white flowers with mineral notes. In the mouth are revealed exotic and citrus fruit flavors, pink grapefruit and lychee.  An elegant and rich finish.  Certified ORGANIC through Ecocert.

Grapes: Clairette (20%), Vermentino (30%) and 80 years old vines of Ugni blanc (50%)

Region: Provence Vineyard:  Chateau Les Valentines
Valentines Côtes de Provence 2017 Rosé (#16-48)
$20.50

A lovely salmon color, subtle, delicate. Elegant and fresh on the nose (cranberry, anise, fennel). Round and supple in the mouth, well-balanced and slightly spicy on the finish. Certified organic through Ecocert.

Grapes:  50% Cinsault, 50% Grenache


Region: Provence Vineyard:  Chateau Les Valentines
Valentines Côtes de Provence Bagnard 2010 (#16-37)
$36.00

Bagnard is the top red cuvée of Château Les Valentines red wines. The blend comes from a selection of old vines and is aged from 12 to 18 months in demi-muids (600 liter barrels). Cool coastal breezes which help to moderate the hot summers contribute to the lovely fruit flavors and palate cleansing acidity that this wine has to offer.  Full bodied and complex with concentrated black and red fruits, hints of cacao, espresso and cake. A hearty red that will be the perfect winter warmer. The nose is powerful and complex, the mouth is spicy, velvety and explosive.

Grapes: Mourvedre (33%), Syrah (33%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (33%)


Region: Provence Vineyard:  Chateau Les Valentines
Valentines Côtes de Provence La Gourmande 2011 (#16-33)
$31.50

This special cuvée is elaborated only when the time is right to harvest the oldest  Syrah grapes, slightly overmatured. The production is limited and reservations are posted long in advance. The terroir is mica-schist, vinification lasts 3 to 4 weeks with punching the cap. Then the La Gourmande cuvée is aged for 12 months in French oak barrels. The robe is dense with hints of violette. The nose develops aromas of red and black fruit, cherry, chocolate and leather. The maturity of tannins, the musky touch of clove, mint and violet reveal an incredible wine.  The finish is long and complex.

Grape: Syrah (90%), Grenache (10%)

Pairings: Enjoy with grilled beef, yakitori, lamb stews, cheeses.

Region: Provence Vineyard:  Chateau Les Valentines
Valentines Côtes de Provence La Punition 2014 (#16-35)
$23.00

Over 3,000 hours of sunlight during the growing season ripens this highly sought after red, coming from a world class terroir, mostly crafted from one single grape variety.  Carignan is one of the oldest cepages grown in Provence. It provides cherry-peppered and fruity authentic red wines.The delicate aromas of garrigue (Provence scrubland) leap from the glass and displays a lovely roasted provencal herbs nose as well as supple and mouth coating, full rich flavors of berry, cassis and blackberry.

Grape: Carignan (100%)


Region: Provence Vineyard:  Chateau Les Valentines
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