B a n d o l
An ideal level of sunshine, just the right amount of rain and
a perfect soil, this explains why the wines of Bandol have been
famous for a thousand years.
Particularly delicious, with aromas of fruit and flowers, are
the white wines. These pale golden wines represent only 5% of
the regions output.
The rosé wines, although pale in colour are far from being pale
It is the red wines that are the pick of the crop. Dark garnet,
they are rich in tannins and can be a little rude in their
youth. All they ask is the time to mature and to develope their
bouquet of red fruits, slightly peppery, with hints of liquorice
and vanilla. They are an excellent accompaniment to game and red
meats in sauce.
C ô t e s d e P r o v e n c e
The extent of this area of production means that there is not
ONE “Côtes de Provence” but SEVERAL“Côtes de Provences”.
It is true that the climate is very similar throughout; sunshine
and moderate rainfall, but it is the little things that make the
differance. The coastal regions of this region have mild winters
and warm summers but the inland areas have very cold winters and
July and August are extremerly hot. If the differences of the
winds and the multitude of varieties of grapes are added to the
human factors in the wines production, it is easy to understand
why one wine can delight and another can disapoint.
As a general rule, the whites, about 10% of the output, are
sometimes tender when they come from the coast, sometimes more
agressive when from the hills. They are an excellent
accompanyment to seafood and to goats cheeses.
The rosés are very varied in colour, aroma and flavour, but
when they come from a good producer they remain excellent
throughout the meal, particularly on a nice sunny day.
Over 60% of the total output is of these rosé wines.
The reds, little known or even unknown, often merit the
sometimes mediocre reputation they have gained with some
southern consumers. They are sometimes light, fresh and impish,
perfect accompaniments to grilled meats particularly lamb.
Sometimes they can be powerful, warm and with a strong bouquet,
perfect for dishes with a sauce, quite as good as some “great”
wines from the Bourgogne, Bordeaux or the Côtes du Rhone.