Les Baux de Provence AC wine appellation in Provence, France

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Les Baux de Provence wine appellation
Wine appellation
Address: Provence
Country: France

Les Baux-de-Provence is a wine appellation in Provence near the hilltop village of the same name which was established in April 1995. This beautiful village looks out over plains which are covered with olive groves and vineyards given over to the production of high-quality red wines. The entire area is stunningly beautiful and we return year after year to revel in the stark wonder of this secret part of Provence.
The appellation covers the communes of Les Baux-de-Provence, Fontvieille, Maussane-les-Alpilles, Mouriès, Paradou, Saint-Etienne-du-Grès and Saint-Rémy-de-Provence and permits the production of red and rose wines. White wines are not permitted under the rules of the appellation.
The red grapes that are permitted include the principal grapes of Grenache, Mourvedre and Syrah supported by Carignan, Cinsault, Counoise and Cabernet Sauvignon.
For rose wines the principal grapes are Cinsault, Grenache and Syrah supported by the other red wines from the appellation.
There are a lot of complicated rules in this appellation that govern the percentages of each grape variety that can be used. The rules concentrate of the proportions of the principal grapes (for red wines, Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre) versus the secondary grapes.
So, the area planted to the principal red grapes cannot exceed 90% of all plantings. Similarly the proportion of the plantings of the secondary grapes Carignan, Cinsault, Counoise cannot exceed 30% of plantings. And Cabernet Sauvignon is singled out for particular mention and it cannot exceed 20% of the vines planted.
There are some idiosyncratic winemakers here such as the Domaine de Travallon who do not stick by the rules and, instead, produce a Vin de Pays of great quality (Travallon have planted more than the permitted level of Cabernet Sauvignon).
Check out Domaine Hauvette wines from this appellation. They are wines of considerable power and elegance.
There are also white wines produced in the same geographic area that are labelled as Coteaux de Aix-en-Provence.

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