Beloved rosés, but so much more
In terms of wine, France’s much-touristed southeast corner is known primarily for the style of light-colored, breezy rosé that took the world by storm, but this belies its rich history as a special and serious winegrowing region. With France’s most extreme Mediterranean climate, Provence boasts the seaside appellations of Cassis and Bandol, which, in the hands of Domaine du Bagnol and Château Pradeaux, yield among the most distinctive wines in our French portfolio. And a bit further inland, just outside Aix-en-Provence, is the legendary Château Simone—one of France’s grandest and most inimitable estates. Wines from Provence tend to be blends, with varieties such as Grenache, Cinsault, Mourvèdre, Carignan, and Cinsault most prominent for rosé and red production, and Clairette, Ugni Blanc, and Rolle (Vermentino) forming the basis of most whites.