Today the region is known predominantly for its rosé wine, though wine critics such as Tom Stevenson believe that region's best wines are the spicy, full-flavoured red wines. Rosé wine currently accounts for more than half of the production of Provençal wine, with red wine accounting for about a third of the region's production. White wine is also produced in small quantities throughout the region with the Appellation d'origine contrôlée (AOC) region of Cassis specializing in white wine production. The Côtes de Provence is the largest AOC followed by the Coteaux d'Aix-en-Provence. The Bandol region near Toulon is one of the more internationally recognized Provençal wine regions.
Figuière, Côtes de Provence La Londe Rosé Confidentielle 2017
La Londe is a subappellation of the Côtes de Provence, with vines on schist soil close to the coast. This ripe wine, from organic grapes, is strongly mineral in texture and has a good balance of acidity and rich red fruits. The aftertaste is tangy and intense. Drink the wine from later in 2018.
92 pts. Wine Enthusiast
Saint André de Figuière, Côtes de Provence Première Rosé 2017
“Brilliant orange-pink. A complex, highly perfumed bouquet evokes ripe red berries, candied orange, honey and peach, and a chalky mineral note builds as the wine opens up. Sappy, concentrated and precise, offering palate-staining raspberry, blood orange and lavender flavors and an appealing touch of sweetness on the back half. Smoothly blends power and finesse and finishes impressively long and minerally, with no rough edges. I suspect that this suave, seamless wine will reward more patience, but it's pretty hard to resist right now.” Antonio Galloni 93 pts.