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Palette wine appellation
Wine appellation

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Sue Dyson and Roger McShane
Address: Provence
Country: France

The Palette wine appellation is a tiny area just east of Aix-en-Provence in southern France. It was established as an appellation in April 1948.
Red, white and rose wines are permitted in this appellation. The extent of the appellation is small covering the communes Meyreuil and Tholonet and a small part of the town of Aix-en-Provence.
An influential factor affecting the wines produced here is that the underlying geological strata are limestone known as Limestone of Langesse.
The wine varieties allowed in this appellation include many of the ancient Provencal varieties such as Petit-Brun, Manosquin and Castets.
For white wines the main grape variety is Clairette which must comprise at least 55% of the wine. Secondary grapes which comprise the remainder of the wine are Ugni Blanc, Grenache Blanc, Muscat Blanc, Terret-Bourret, Piquepoul, Pascal, Aragnan, Colombard and Tokay. There is a further restriction on the use of Terret-Bourret which cannot exceed 20%.
The red wines are a blend of the principal grapes of Mourvèdre, Grenache and Cinsault supported by Plant d'Arles, Manosquin, Téoulier, Durif, Muscat Noir, Carignan, Syrah, Castets, Brun-Fourcat, Terret Gris, Petit-Brun, Tibouren and Cabernet-Sauvignon.
It is a significant appellation because of the high quality of the wines produced by two domaines, namely Chateau Simone and Chateau Cremade.
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