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Chateau Val Joanis Cotes du Luberon Rose

Reviewed By

Sue Dyson and Roger McShane
Address: Provence
Country: France

Chateau Val Joanis is special. The first reason is that we love the Luberon area in Provence. The second is that we tried this lovely Cotes du Luberon wine sitting in the garden of the magical Le Jardin de Quai in L'Isle sur La Sorgue, the restaurant run by Daniel Hebet.
The appellation that defines this wine is the Cotes du Luberon. This appellation spreads along the spine of hills that divide the Durance and Coulon rivers from L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue through to Apt, sweeping through communes such as Oppède, Menerbes, Lacoste, Bonnieux and Lourmarin.
It sits beside the Côtes du Rhône appellation and below the Côtes du Ventoux appellation (roughly separated by the road that runs from L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue through to Apt).
It is a relatively recent appellation (1988), however, there is very serious money moving into the area and the wines here are causing some excitement in wine circles.
The style of wine varies depending on whether it is produced on the north facing slopes looking towards Mont Ventoux or the south facing slopes looking towards the Durance River which marks its southern-most extent.
Most of the wines are either red or rosé, however some of the whites are causing serious wine drinkers to sit up and take notice (for example, Château la Canorgue). The grapes for reds are Cinsaut, Grenache, Mourvèdre and Shiraz. Grapes used for white wine production include Clairette, Ugni Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay.
Val Joanis is featured in the Florence Hernandez book entitled Wine Tours in the South of France.
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