Gastronomy & Wine, Provence Travel

Luxe Provence Wine Tasting Guide to Cassis

April 5, 2017

Cassis is a slice of seaside dreams, a true Provence treasure. Situated along the Mediterranean Sea, Cassis is home to the characteristic Massif de Calanques, the highest cliffs in France, stunningly dressed in white limestone. These deep inlets shelter the terraced vineyards of Cassis, which are truly distinct from their Provençal neighbors.

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Established as an Appellation d’Origine Protégée (AOP) in 1936, Cassis was one of the first in the region. The village of Cassis is located 12 miles east of the port city of Marseille and is one of the few local appellations comprised of a single, tiny commune. While most nearby appellations were originally cultivated by Greek outposts, Cassis is based in Ligurian origins. Blessed by 3,000 hours of annual sunshine, cool maritime winds and the freshening effects of the Mistral, Cassis is truly a spot set aside for gorgeous wines and also a Luxe Provence favorite haven for seaside lunches, market shopping and swimming.

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Cassis is the only region in Provence to produce a majority of white wine, regulated to contain at least 80% Marsanne. This varietal adds beautiful aromatics and finesse, an elegant profile for the refreshing, high-quality white wines of Cassis. Clairette is also a common component, adding fresh acidity to balance the body of Marsanne. A touch of red wines and a strong showing of rosé wines are also cultivated in Cassis – blends of Cinsault, Grenache and Mourvèdre.

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Cassis white wines offer complex citrus and fruit aromas. Touches of lime blossom, honey and wild herbs balance a slightly salty trace, which is said to be a kiss of sea on the vineyards. Traditional Provençal foods such as bouillabaisse and grilled seafood are natural pairing partners.

Here is our Luxe Provence Cassis Wine Tasting Guide, with wine recommendations and pairing suggestions:

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Up first is, Clos Sainte Magdeleine, situated in the Calanques National Park, surrounded by the captivating cliffs in a protected area. Four generations of the Zafiropulo family have been proprietors at Clos Sainte Magdeleine and are motivated to preserve the area from urban cultivation and soil degradation through their practice of certified Organic and Sustainable Agriculture. Vines range from 15 to 40 years old and are terraced along the slopes of Cap Canaille and have the finest sea views of the area. Though the estate just turned 80 years old, the modern underground cellar is optimized to maintain conditions year round, and features stainless steel, concrete tanks and amphorae. Try the certified organic AOC Cassis White, a complex balance of salty minerality and honeyed peach. Pair with herbed goat cheese or grilled octopus salad. The tasting room offers 45-minute tours twice daily of the vineyards and cave during the busy summer season but be sure to book ahead.

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Domaine du Bagnol was purchased by Jean-Louis Genovesi in 1997, but evidence of vineyards in the Bagnol space date back to 1430. Genovesi’s son Sebastien took over the domaine after completing his training in 2003, continuing the reputation for high-quality wines with a sincere Cassis profile. The domaine functions as naturally as possible; their initial certified organic release was 2014.

Domaine du Bagnol offers a lovely family-run tasting room on their property which has been recently renovated to receive guests and small groups. We have experienced both a great, informative group tour and tastings on several occasions both by Sebastien and his lovely wife. We advise to call ahead to be sure the tasting room is open.cassis domain du bagnol wines vineyards travel guide

Cuvée Marquis des Fesques is a wine of exception, a blend of Clairette and Marsanne made from two parcels at the foot of Cap Canaille, including some 40-year-old vines. Prepare a dish of tapenade or a gorgeous crespeou (layered omelet) to pair with Cuvée Marquis des Fesques. 

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The charming Brando family are the winemakers and proprietor of Château Fontcreuse, a highly regarded “vigneron” producing some of Cassis’ finest white wines at his historic and mystical site, right at the foot of the Couronne de Charlemagne. The Fontcreuse name is synonymous for producing excellent, high-quality white wines in Cassis following traditional, local methods since the 1920s. The château also has a rich history of attracting affluent international guests, including British author, Virginia Woolf, who penned a number of her novels in 1925 and 1929, on the stunning grounds in a charming bergère still located on the property today.

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Call for a tasting on-site at their stunning château to discover their iconic Cassis whites and their new 2016 release Fontcreuse Côtes de Provence rosé, a blend of Grenache, Cinsault and Syrah possessing a pale yet brilliant, pink hue with a fragrant nose of peach and strawberry, along with a touch of aniseed, which is lovely.

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Chateau Domaine du Paternel was created in Cassis in 1951 by Pierre Cathinaud. Since 2009, Pierre’s nephew Jean-Pierre and the Santini family have managed the vineyards working with Bernard and Monique Piché for the production and marketing of the Domaine Couronne de Charlemagne wines. Today both the Domaine du Paternel and Domaine Couronne de Charlemagne wines are certified organic. The family members work alongside a team of motivated and skilled employees, and together they apply themselves to continuing the work that was begun over sixty years ago and produce a lovely minerally, Blanc de Blanc made up of 30% each of Ugni Blanc, Clairette, Marsanne, and 10% Doucillon pairing beautifully with fresh fish.

The Domaine du Paternel tasting room is open daily, but it’s always good to verify hours by calling ahead. Our last few visits were very pleasant.

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Domaine de la Ferme Blanche comprises 30 hectares of vines, under the care of François Paret, nephew of Pierre Imbert, one of the anchors in establishment of the Cassis AOP. Domaine de la Ferme Blanche is one of the oldest domaines in the area, with a history dating back to 1714. Paret works with his daughter Jérômine and Philippe Garnier, oenologist. Together the team aims for small, high-quality yields and treats the vineyards naturally, without the use of chemicals. Try the Cuvée Excellence, a blend of Marsanne and Clairette or for something unique, the 100% Mourvèdre, a red of wine of distinct freshness. Pair Excellence with artichokes barigoule, a rich classic dish of artichokes and Provençal mushrooms. The Mourvèdre would be magic with a rack of lamb dressed with aromatic herbs.

However, the Domaine de la Ferme Blanche tasting room is not exactly a welcoming stop in Cassis. A bit of a shame, however, their recent white releases, including the 2015 Cuvée offers a lovely mix of Marsanne, Clairette, Ugni Blanc and Sauvignon. For a more tourist-friendly visit, try Chateau de Fontcreuse and sample their 2015 Cuvée blanc.cassis-travel

Cassis is a spectacular spot. Cassis wines are world-famous for being unique and appealing. Once you’ve finished visiting the winemakers and their terraced domaines, visit the village to ramble streets filled with welcoming cafés and their abundant street-side tables. The markets are held in the mornings in the village on Wednesday and Fridays until 1pm and is one of our favorite sources for weekly produce and discovering lovely artisanal products.cassismarkets

Enjoy shopping from vendors with colorful and scented products decorating their storefronts. Absorb a view of boats bobbing on the harbor, colorful buildings reflected in the sparkling sea. Establish a blanketed, umbrella-shaded spot on the beach where gem-blue waters and white cliff shadows are mystifying and handsome.cassis travel guide

Even compared to other wines in Provence, the wines here are particularly special. Enjoy the beauty and luxury of wine tasting in Cassis.

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More information and travel notes:

Clos Saint Magdeleine 

Offers 45-minute tours for a small fee with tastings to follow two times per day during the summer season. Be sure to book/call ahead.
Avenue du Revestel, 13260 Cassis

 

Domaine du Bagnol
12, avenue de Provence – 13260 Cassis

Great family-run tasting room. Call ahead to ensure availability.

 

Château Fontcreuse

Beautiful estate, chateau and gardens just below the run by the lovely and charming Brando Family. Call ahead to reserve a tasting.
Route Pierre Imbert, 13260 Cassis
Phone: 04 42 01 71 09

Domaine de la Ferme Blanche
D559, 13260 Cassis

Phone: 04 42 01 00 74

Guest blog post written by: Jill Barth author of the l’Occasion – A Reason for Wine. Wine Blogger & Provence Wine Master Candidate with travel notes by Founder, Tarik Koivisto.

Photography Credits: Clos Sainte Magdeleine and Domaine de la Ferme Blanche landscape shots courtesy of vineyards. All other images by Tarik Koivisto unless otherwise noted. 

#wineguide #travelguide #cassis #provence

Provence Travel

Charming Beauty of Vallons des Auffes

March 9, 2017

When I started this blog over a year and a half ago, one of my goals was to share a creative visual  journal featuring my favorite places with a fresh perspective of what makes Provence such a charming, luxurious place to live. Beauty is indeed in the eye of the beholder.

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While I haven’t had as much time as I would like to bring daily features, I am working on posting more visual explorations and photography features, a true passion of mine. So I hope you enjoy my visual journey into Marseille’s charming Vallons des Auffes, it’s a bit like a special portside village in the middle of the city.

luxe-provence-marseilleInspired by its natural beauty, authentic charm and Mediterranean colors, the Vallon des Auffes is a little traditional fishing port in Marseille’s 7th arrondissement, just over 2 kilometers from the much larger, Vieux-Port, and just over from the corniche between the Catalan beach and Malmousque bay. It’s name was derived from the French word  ‘auffe‘ or alfa, the sort of grass used to make ropes, braids and fishing nets. It’s definitely one of the must-see authentic neighbors of Marseille.

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It’s busy port restaurants draw crowds, it’s far from being a secret, but the neighborhood still maintains a sense of discovery upon arrival down its narrow streets. The must-dine local institutions include the newly remodeled Pizzeria Chez Jeannot and popular Chez Fonfon.

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This little port haven is home to over 50 fisher cabins and traditional fishing boats, as well as, some lovely views, charming residences and a hidden natural swimming pool for the neighborhood to enjoy. The natural colors and beauty are so inspirational. Hope you find your inspiration today, too.

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I adore the low-profile natural neighborhood pool with stunning views of the Mediterranean. Have a great weekend in the sun… who’s starting to feel ready for a little plouf?

Photography by: Tarik Koivisto

Provence Travel, Scents of Provence

Provence Almond Blossoms

March 6, 2017

The Provence almond blossoms are popping up, depending on your micro-climate that is, and it’s simply gorgeous to experience first-hand. For those locals who didn’t realize, lavender isn’t the only beautiful iconic flower of Provence you’ll find growing up on the famed, Plateau of Valensole, 700 meters above sea level. Within the next few weeks, Haute Provence’s famous “high plateau” will be raining beautiful white and blush petals. Another breathtaking seasonal Provence moment to behold.

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Brothers, Jean-Pierre and André Jaubert, have one of the largest almond tree crops in Provence. The duo decided to replant almond trees that had been displaced, since the popularity of lavender planting took over the plateau in the 1950s. The brothers, who grew up picking almond trees as teenagers, wanted to bring back the trees and their family tradition to the region and set out to plant 50 hectares in 2002. Today, around 10,000 almond trees have taken root on their family farm, which so happens to be cultivated and used in several of the l’Occitane products.

Just might be time for another inspirational roadtrip, to one of my favorite Provence regions. In the meantime, try one of our favorite almond fragrance beauty products, this gorgeous Dry Oil by Source de Provence is just divine to prepare skin for spring…

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Source de Provence, Huile Seche Amande (Almond Dry Oil) 100 ml / 3.38 fl.oz, $29 – Shop it in our boutique 

 

Photo Credit: Almond Trees in bloom on the Plateau de Valensole courtesy of Unique Provence, luxury tour and travel agency located in Forcalquier, Provence.

Designed In Provence, Scents of Provence

Final Camargue Collection Brand… Bastide

March 3, 2017
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This French beauté brand, formerly known as Côté Bastide, was created in our own Aix-en-Provence over 25 years ago and is well-known for their elegant fragrances and luxurious body care line. The husband and wife duo of Frédéric Fekkai, famed NYC hairdresser and hair care guru, along with his wife, Shirin von Wulffen, have just re-launched the brand simply as, Bastide.

The couple’s goal is to share their love and passion for Provence’s natural lifestyle with a fresh, clean revamp of their favorite beauty products that are safe for the whole family to enjoy. We’ve selected one of their newly released products for our V7: The Camargue Collection that is designed to inject an olfactive pop and the Camargue’s natural elements into our sold-out spring Luxe Provence Box.

This curation will be shipping by DHL International Priority beginning March 15th, 2017. More details of this much-anticipated season’s box will be revealed upon delivery.

Artisans of Provence, Designed In Provence, Fashion & Accessories

Behind the Weave: Brun de Vian Tiran

March 2, 2017

I had the pleasure of going behind-the-scenes of the meticulously-crafted textiles of Brun de Vian Tiran, a prestige, family-run Provence manufacturer since 1806. My fabulous and educational tour was led by Pierre Darlay at their manufacturing facilities. Since its inception, this father and son, family-run business has been located right in the center ville of Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, which has a long history of working with silk and wool.
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Isle-sur-la-Sorgue wisely made use of its many natural resources, its abundant water derived from the Sorgue River, local wool, teasels, dyer’s madder, olive oil and more. The city’s inhabitants cleverly developed industrial machinery driven by water wheels – there used to be up to 66! – fueling mills, spinning machines, and later mechanical looms. Today, you can still see the water wheels throughout the town adding a certain authenticity to this beautiful, antique-lovers city.

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In 1808, a father, Charles Tiran, and son-in-law, Laurent Vian, partnership took advantage of this ideal environment favorable to the textile industry and set up a mill on the banks of the Sorgue River to create woolen cloth and blankets. In 1886, the marriage of a Vian’s grand-daughter to Emile Brun, completed the name and lineage the factory proudly bears today, Brun de Vian-Tiran. In 1900, Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, boasted five complete factories and many smaller, more specialized workshops dedicated to producing wool blankets, carpets, garment cloth and specialized fabrics for the paper industry.

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MERINO WOOL OF PROVENCE

Mohair, Cashmere, Cashgora, Alpaca, Camel, Llama, Yak, Yangir…Brun De Vian-Tiran has made exotic fibers from distant lands its own. But one day, Brun de Vian-Tiran dreamed of traveling in time, back to earlier days and local traditions. After 7 years of research and analyses, and with the help of his wool merchant friend Claude Gutapfel, Pierre Brun identified the first local Provence sheep breeder who had kept the rare merino breed genes intact.

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Today, fifteen sheep breeders manage flocks whose wool is certified with the appellation “Mérinos d’Arles Antique®”, a fleece which is not just the finest – with a diameter of less than 20 microns – but the softest in Europe. Their 100% Mérinos d’Arles Antique® collection, called “Camargue”, has given its true place to this noble wool, part of France’s cultural and historical inheritance and is featured in this curation. Its outstanding fineness is equal to that of Iranian Cashmere.

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Over one hundred years later, only Brun de Vian-Tiran is continuing its activity, perpetuating a unique and continuous manufacturing tradition which 8 generations have nurtured and perfected. I personally set-out to honor and put forward the quality brands that continue to develop their craft here in Provence each season. I am proud to include a very special ethically-made item made from their Antique Mérino Wool of Arles in this season’s SOLD-OUT V7: The Camargue Collection Luxe Provence Box.

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Brun de Vian-Tiran

2 Cours Victor Hugo
84800 L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue

 

Photography by: Tarik Koivisto, on-location in Isle-sur-la-Sorgue and the Camargue.

News & Press

Luxe Provence Selected As Coup de Coeur by ToutMa Magazine – March 2017

February 8, 2017

Hot off the Press…Luxe Provence Selected by ToutMa Magazine as Editor’s Coup de Coeur

We are proud to be featured in the February / March 2017 (Fév / Mars numéro 43) Issue of ToutMa Magazine. ToutMa is local guide and popular “reference” magazine of the region featuring editorials on luxury shopping, weekend escapes, local beauty, culture, events and the local tastemakers of the Marseille and Aix-en-Provence region. Pick up your beautiful copy in Aix-en-Provence’s most luxurious places, such as Espace Caumont or the Le Pigonnet Hotel, or in Marseille’s Terrasses du Port, Mucem and several cool, boutique shops and hotels listed below:

 

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ToutMa est distribué gratuitement à Marseille, Aix-en-Provence, Cassis et Arles, vous pourrez le trouver dans :

  • LES LIEUX DE VIE
    (exemples : Terrasses du Port, MuCEM, Fort Saint-Jean, Cercle des Nageurs de Marseille, Les Docks-Village, Maison Méditerranéenne des Métiers de la Mode, Musée Réattu Arles, Espace Caumont Aix…)
  • LES BISTROTS ET RESTOS COOLS 
  • LES BOUTIQUES CHICS 
  • LES BOUTIQUE-HOTELS TENDANCES
    (exemples : Alex Hôtel, Hôtel C2, Le Petit Nice, New-Hôtel, Le Pigonnet, Jules César, Nord-Pinus… ) 
  • LES PALACES CLASSES 
  • LES SPAS SYMPAS 

 

Merci, #ToutMa

 

Designed In Provence, Luxury Gifts

V7: The Camargue Collection

January 30, 2017
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Our V7: Camargue Collection Luxe Provence Box has sold-out in a matter of days!

This Spring, we deliver the wild and natural beauty of the Camargue to your doorstep in our 7th Luxe Provence Box curation. Experience Provence’s  “sauvage” region iconic for its galloping white horses, elegant pink flamingos, salt marshes and untouched beaches. We thought it was the perfect theme to kick off 2017.

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FEATURING A HANDMADE LUXURY EMBROIDERED NECKLACE FROM FRENCH BRAND NAHUA

The shining star of this adventure curation is an ethnic, statement necklace combining ancient embroidery techniques with unique, luxury French design. This stunning handmade jewelry is from upcoming French brand, Nahua, and perfectly represents the unique beauty found in Provence’s Camargue region. Each piece is designed in France featuring silk embroidery done by hand using indigenous traditional methods with a single piece retail value of $145 USD.  Our VIP Annual members will receive their choice between the two models shown, the Damian and Tanya, each of equal value.

SECOND FEATURED LUXE PROVENCE BRAND, BRUN DE VIAN-TIRAN (item value of $160!)

Our next brand featured, is one of the most prestigious and historic brands of Provence, Brun De Vian-Tiran, producers of ethically sourced luxury textiles since 1808. This father and son, family-run business is located in Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, which has a long history of working with silk and wool. We have selected one of their beautiful pieces that will help you transition into spring in luxury style.

Mohair, Cashmere, Cashgora, Alpaca, Camel, Llama, Yak, Yangir…Brun De Vian-Tiran has made exotic fibers from distant lands its own. But one day, Brun de Vian-Tiran dreamed of traveling in time, back to earlier days and local traditions. After 7 years of research and analyses, and with the help of his wool merchant friend Claude Gutapfel, Pierre Brun identified the first local Provence sheep breeder who had kept the rare merino breed genes intact.

Today, fifteen sheep breeders manage flocks whose wool is certified with the appellation “Mérinos d’Arles Antique”, a fleece which is not just the finest – with a diameter of less than 20 microns – but the softest in Europe. Their 100% Mérinos d’Arles Antique collection, called “Camargue”, has given its true place to this noble wool, part of France’s cultural and historical inheritance and is featured in this curation. Its outstanding fineness is equal to that of Iranian Cashmere. Made in Provence. The surprise item value from Brun De Vian-Tiran inside: $160 USD.

Shipping: by DHL International Priority begins mid-March. This curation is completely, sold-out.

Gastronomy & Wine, Provence Travel

Carriage Rides and Wine Tasting in Provence

December 16, 2016

Looking for a festive and charming activity for the whole family over the holiday?  What about a carriage ride on a beautiful domaine in the Var? Every Saturday and Wednesday in December the Château Fontainebleau du Var hosts Wine and Gourmet Family Workshops at their stunning vineyards for the whole family to experience. 

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Escape on a historic visit of the domaine and nature by horse and carriage. A great family outing idea and activity to do with visitors and children.

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Try out their Epicurean Advent Tasting menu and experience the Château Fontainebleau’s selection of Provence wines and gourmet pairings for €18 / pers. Plus, kids “ateliers” or workshops are free. Be sure to call and reserve in advance to save a spot.

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Over the holidays, they are offering special pricing for wine purchases as well. Be sure to tell them we sent you!

  • For €100 of wine purchased – receive 2 bottles complimentary
  • For € 250 of wine purchased – receive 6 bottles complimentary

Discover local holiday gift ideas from organic wines, epicurean delights, organic olive oils, fragrances and more.

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We wish you a very wonderful holiday season! 

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More info:

Château Fontainebleau du Var

Route de Montfort sur Argens
Google Maps
83143 Le Val – France
Tél. : 04 94 59 59 09
Fax : 04 94 59 55 70

October to April Hours:
Monday – Friday from 10am to 6pm and Saturdays fro 10am to 7pm.

info@chateaufontainebleau.fr

Luxury Gifts, News & Press

Luxe Provence Box Makes Elite Traveler Ultimate Gift List

December 15, 2016

Press Just In…Give her the Ultimate Gift This Season

We are very proud that our Luxe Provence Box Subscription has been featured in Elite Traveler – The Private Jet Lifestyle Magazine, as The Ultimate Gift For Her this season. So what are you waiting for, go ahead and Subscribe her. 

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Merci, #EliteTraveler!

Today is the Last Day for Boutique Shipping for the Holiday

We will closing up boutique in observance of the holiday after a big and exciting year, so we can all spend this special time with our family. We hope you enjoy the holiday season and time off with your loved ones as well.

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V6: Luxe Provence Box is Now Sold-Out – Currently Shipping Around the Globe

Our V6: Celebrating The Good Life Box is completely SOLD-OUT but we have stocked up our boutique with the perfect gifts from Provence, so don’t delay. Shop here before December 15th, 2016 for holiday shipping. (Don’t worry, boutique shipping resumes December 26th for orders placed after December 15th, 2016.)

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 Shop the PerlB Dandy Bag  ($90 / 85 euros) tailored exclusively for Luxe Provence on the boutique. Featured as just one of the items inside our V6 curation.

Gastronomy & Wine, Taste of Provence

Luxe Provence Southern Rhône Wine Guide

November 22, 2016

Thanksgiving is the American holiday of gratitude and appreciation. It’s a time to honor the abundance of harvest and enjoy traditional foods with family and friends. It’s a nod to lineages and settlers, to those that planted the bounty that is enjoyed on harvest tables around the country.

Though the holiday is distinctly American, the essence of the day reflects values practiced around the globe: gratitude, family and gracious mealtimes. Here in Provence, these values are ancestral and instinctive. The slower pace of fall in Provence welcomes visitors from around the world and in many ways mirrors the spirit of the Thanksgiving holiday.

The wines of the Southern Rhône Valley from Chateâuneuf-du-Pape and its neighbors Rasteau, Vacqueyras, Tavel and Gigondas are exceptionally food-friendly. These regions create wine blends (rather than single varietals), producing a merge of flavors and characteristics just right for the Thanksgiving meal which is served in one feast, rather than in courses. Red, white and rosè wines of high-quality and distinct heritage come from this part of France, and offer an exciting slate of aromatics and personalities.

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Here is our Luxe Provence Thanksgiving Wine Guide, with wine recommendations and pairing suggestions.

Domaine Saint Alimant Rasteau 2014

François REY and her family have cultivated vines in Rasteau for generations at Domaine Saint Alimant which is located just north of Orange. In Rasteau, south-facing vineyards mean protection from the Mistral winds and diverse soils elicit richness. This wine is 50% Grenache and 50% Syrah with a blackfruit and earthy nose. Substantial tannins balanced by fruit make this a paring for lamb, cheese and Provençal cuisine; think Herbs de Provence seasonings on the Thanksgiving turkey or stuffing.

MonTirius Vacqueyras Minéral 2008

MonTirius owners Christine and Eric SAUREL and their daughter Manon create all of their wines biodynamically and are exceptionally respectful of their vineyards, soil and environment. They also produce beautiful wines with a fresh vibrancy. A white wine from Vacqueyras is extraordinary (95% of production is red) and this White Grenache, Roussanne and Bourboulenc blend is very enticing. This wine ages well and compliments roasted vegetable and potato dishes. An excellent partner for roasted turkey or chicken.

Domaine Grand Veneur “Les Origines” Chateâuneuf-du-Pape 2014

Domaine Grand Veneur comes from the Alain Jaume family, a landmark producer in the southern Rhône Valley. Expect high-quality and great taste from the Jaume portfolio. Inspired by food and family, their tasting room in Orange offers the opportunity to enjoy a Provençal meal paired with a selected scope of their wines. “Les Origines” is a medium-to-full -bodied wine that offers the slightest touch of sweetness along with the blackfruit and herbal tones. Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre come together in this wine and would pair very well with spiced turkey, a sausage stuffing or even a dark-chocolate dessert.

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Château d’Aqueria Tavel 2015

Tavel wines come in one color: rosé. Deeper in tone than the paler Côtes de Provence wines, Tavel delivers more fullness, more fruit richness and the ability to age. Château d’Aqueria is a beautiful estate situated around an ancient château, which is an unexpected treasure in the Rhône Valley. The Oivier family has guided the estate for three generations, and they produce high-quality wine of great acclaim. This bottle has white fruit characteristics and a long finish. The freshness of this wine makes it perfect to welcome holiday guests as the meal finishes off in the oven. It also has the depth to pair with the feast, substantial enough for nearly all harvest foods.

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Pierre Amadieu Gigondas Le Pas de L’Aigle 2012

Old vine Grenache and Syrah grown at an altitude of 400 meters gather freshness and complexity for this stunning wine. The Pierre Amandieu team hand-selects the grapes that go into this bottle to deliver exceptional quality. Complex aromatics of fig and blackberry show intensity, and pepper-spice flavors elicit a bit of herbal manliness. This is wine for a sparkling decanter, a chance to serve the best to your treasured Thanksgiving guests. This wine is drinking now, but can be held for a decade, so get a bottle for the meal and a bottle for the cellar. Rich sausage stuffing and mushroom side dishes will partner well with this wine, but the nature of the Grenache offers flexibility for the full feast.

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All of these wines are available for under $50 (some significantly under) and are available online for US delivery. For visitors and expats in Provence, most offer cellar door tasting and sales. As well as being affordable and accessible, each wine is made by local families and exhibits exceptional quality.

Luxe Provence has curated this list to illustrate the best for your family from southern Rhône winemaking families.

 

Guest Post written by:

Jill Barth, author of the l’Occasion – A Reason for Wine
Wine Blogger & Provence Wine Master Candidate