Why Provence Rosé?
Provence, the site of France's oldest vineyards, is the world's largest wine region specializing in rosé. The region has a rich rosé tradition, and winemakers today are the beneficiaries of the region's collective knowledge and time-honored techniques. Since rosé is a delicate wine and one of the most difficult to produce with success,
The rosés of Provence are distinctly different because of the unique character of the place where they originate – the soil, climate, and terrain of the vineyards. The physical environment of Provence – with its plentiful sunshine; its mistral winds; its Mediterranean Basin soils; and its hillsides covered with wild lavender, rosemary, and thyme – is reflected in the crisp flavors and zesty aromas of the rosé wines made there.
Chateau Des Ferrages
Half-way between Aix-en-Provence and Saint-Maximin, Château des Ferrages is one of the four fortresses that shaped the history of Pourcieux. Surrounded by wooded parklands, this traditional Renaissance building overlooked the village. Most of the building has been lost over time and only the tower and a few architectural remains still exist today. Its most valuable treasure, however, is undoubtedly the wine domaine that bears its name.
Its 28 hectares of vines produce four cuvées which are carefully aged in the Château des Ferrages cellars. Over 1000 m2 of cellars combine modern vinification techniques and traditional methods of ageing. The domaine’s Côtes de Provence and Côtes de Provence Sainte-Victoire wines are regularly awarded medals and listed in top wine guides.
AOP wines represent the highest level of quality in French winemaking. Any wine bearing the name of one of these official wine-producing areas must be produced within clearly defined parameters. For example, each Provence AOP has specific rules covering allowable grape varieties, maximum yield per hectare, and more. These rules apply to every vat of rosé that will be bottled and sold with an AOP label.
Saint Victoire mountain provides protection from the Mistral winds cutting through the region
Mount Aurelien protects the area from the Mediterranean and helps keep the vineyard dry
Top layer of limestone soil made of fossilized sea shells and rich in nutrients
Clay mix deeper down to help hold moisture during dry spells
More than 3,000 hours of sunshine during the growing season
Strong Mistral winds whip through the area both cooling the grapes at night and eliminating weak clusters
About Mt. Saint Victoire & Cézanne
At 3317 feet (1011 meters) high, the limestone peak of Mont Sainte-Victoire is a pigmy compared to the giants of, say, Mount Fuji and Mount Rainier. But, like them, it still exercises a commanding presence over the country around it and, in particular, over Aix-en-Provence, the hometown of Paul Cézanne. Thanks to his many oil paintings and watercolors of the mountain, the painter has become indelibly associated with it. Think of Cézanne and his still-lifes and landscapes come to mind, his apples and his depictions of Mont Sainte-Victoire