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French Wine - Wines of Provence and Corsica
Provence makes some of the best rosé wines in France—fresh, ripe, delicious quaffers that taste of mixed berries, peach, white flowers, and often spice. They're based on Cinsault and Grenache grapes, and should always be consumed chilled and young, within about year of the vintage. To me, rosé from Provence captures the essence of southern France.

French Wine - Wines of Provence and Corsica
If you think pink from Provence means sweet, think again. The region is responding to a global demand for drier rosés.

French Wine - Wines of Provence and Corsica
Reliable producers of Provence rosé include Domaine Rabiega, Domaine Sorin Roland Bouchacourt, Domaine St. André de Figuière, Château Margillière, and Château de Fonscolombe.

French Wine - Wines of Provence and Corsica
Provence also makes some very good quality red and white wines. Domaine Richeaume and Domaine St. André de Figuière are two of the better producers of red and white wines from Provence.

French Wine - Wines of Provence and Corsica
Wines labeled Côtes de Provence can have up to thirteen grape varieties in the blend, including: Carignan, Cinsault, Grenache, Ugni Blanc, Clairette, Mourvèdre, Rolle, and Sémillon.

French Wine - Wines of Provence and Corsica
Red wine accounts for just 15 percent of production in Provence, but a growing number of producers are trying to make seriously high-quality reds, particularly in the area called Bandol. Bandol in Provence makes powerful, spicy red wines from Mourvèdre grapes, which imparts rich flavors of leather and black pepper, as well as a typical gaminess.

French Wine - Wines of Provence and Corsica
Perhaps the most notorious producer in Bandol for quality reds is Domaine Tempier. The wines from this estate are big and bold with amplified flavors reminiscent of sweaty saddle leather, rich ripe blueberries, spice, earth, and caramelized meat drippings—not for the faint of heart. Domaine Tempier also makes a rosé that is rich in color, berry fruit, and spice.

French Wine - Wines of Provence and Corsica
A lesser-known producer of very good red Bandol is Domaines Bunan. The producer's flagship wine is Château de la Rouvière, with tastes of roasted meat, smoky blueberries, cassis, and spice. It sells for about $30.

French Wine - Wines of Provence and Corsica
Bandol rosés are made from Mourvèdre grapes, showing an unmistakable and charming spiciness. The pinks from Château de Pibarnon are reliably good.

French Wine - Wines of Provence and Corsica
Corsica is an island in the Mediterranean under French jurisdiction that produces red, white, and rosé wine. The wine is quite average generally, and is not widely exported.

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