Côtes de Provence and Coteaux Varois Wines from the Hillsides
By Elizabeth Gabay MW
This Guide was last updated on 12 February 2010
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Owned by the Paillard family (Champagne Bruno Paillard), the vineyard and winemaking is now run by the son Aymeric Paillard – a keen young winemaker who is happy to admit that learning to make wine in Champagne has meant his approach to Provencal wine is probably a little different. This is very much to the estate's advantage as each variety, site and blend is viewed with curiosity and excitement, and the same old traditional blends are not slavishly followed. M. Paillard is busy this winter doing up part of the cellar to create a wine tasting room to be ready for spring 2008. The rosés are traditional, while the predominantly Rolle-based whites and the reds, both aged in barrique, have a serious quality about them making them stand out from the crowd. The estate's name comes from the legend that somewhere on the domaine is buried a Saracen captain with all his loot! Numerous holes exist amongst the trees bearing testimony to the locals' search for the treasure.
Useful information: Advance appointments are essential. Tasting room under construction.
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