After a career as a political advisor, professor at the prestigious school of Political-Science and with a few academic publications and books under his name, Jean-Christophe decided to start making wine! He set up a small winery in 2003, using the few parcels of vines left while getting rid of bushes to plant more local varietals. He works with many, including Ugni Rosé Carignan Blanc, Rolle, Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre and Carignan. The weather in the area makes it easier to farm organically. The micro-climate of the Coteaux-Varois is more extreme than in the rest of the region. Winters are colder and summers even hotter! The soil is mainly composed of eroded limestone with gravel and flint from the hillside. He sought advice with Catherine Breton and Marcel Richaud in his first years and now produces some of the liveliest wines of the region. He farms forgotten grapes such as Carignan Blanc, one of the area’s historical varietal thrown out of the A.O.C along with Ugni Blanc, in favour of more stable and fashionable Rolle for example.
A.O.P. Côteaux Varois en Provence “l’apostrophe” 2020
Vineyard: parcels around Roquebrussanne
Grape variety: Carignan, Cinsault, Grenache, 20-30 years old.
Winemaking: hand harvested, short maceration on the skins, fermented and aged in vats.
This is a natural wine without added yeasts and with very little, or no added sulphites. This leads to wines with great purity of fruit but might also lead to more outspoken aromas. Beware that this style might be different from what you are used to when drinking conventional wines.
||Domaine les Terres Promises
||France | Provence | Coteaux Varois en Provence |
||Cinsault, Carignan, Grenache
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