Rosé de Provence wine tasting session at the Residence de France
The French Embassy in Malta and the Conseil Interprofessionnel des Vins de Provence organized a wine tasting session for restaurant owners, chefs, wine importers and retailers who discovered the products of this iconic region.
The four wines represented included:
- Château de Pourcieux presented by Michel d’Espagnot (owner and winegrower) : www.chateau-de-pourcieux.com
- Domaine de Sainte Ser presented by Jacqueline Guichot (owner) : www.saint-ser.com
- Château Ferry Lacombe presented by Michel Pinot owner) : www.ferrylacombe.com
- Les Vins Bréban presented by Jean-Jacques Bréban (CEO) : www.vins-breban.com
Provence is a rich, diverse region. Many Provençal wines have built a reputation around the world – others are as-yet undiscovered secrets. This beautiful region is strewn with vineyards from the Mediterranean coast to the foothills of the Alps, from Aix-en-Provence to Nice’s famed Riviera. Provence is the world’s only region specializing in dry rosé. It encompasses several winegrowing areas, each withgeographical features that give the wines distinct personalities. If Provence is well known for its rosé, its vineyards also yield full-bodied reds and delicate whites.
Rosé is a category of wine that stands alongside red and white. Like red wines,
rosés are made from red grapes. But whereas red wines are made by allowing
the juice and skins to commingle during fermentation, rosé producers allow only
a limited period of skin contact before separating the pink-tinted juice from the
grape skins and then beginning fermentation. The pigment and tannins in the skins give the dry rosé its color, aroma, and character. Provençal winemakers make rosé by producing single-variety rosés in individual vats. The final cuvée is assembled from these batches. The most common grape varieties used are Grenache, Cinsault, Syrah, Mourvèdre, Tibouren, Carignan and Cabernet-Sauvignon. Today, we can affirm that rosé wine has reclaimed its unique status: the alliance of a technique in constant evolution and a new expression of the land.
• Approximately 9% of the world’s wine production is rosé
• France holds the top position on the quality rosé market with 28% of
the world’s rosé wine production
• Provence represents about 5% of the world’s rosés wine production
• Provence produces 40% of French AOP rosé. The AOP designation
is a guarantee of authenticity and production quality
• Côtes de Provence, Coteaux d’Aix-en-Provence and Coteaux Varois
en Provence represent 95% of the production of AOP wines in Provence
• 90% of the wines produced by the 3 AOP are rosé
• In France, rosé wine outsells white wine since 1994.