Ah, Provence! The name conjures up visions of lavender, sunflowers, olive trees, and wine – lots of wine – white, red and, of course, rosé with 88% of the region’s production being Rosé! This historic region sits along the Mediterranean coast of France, bordered by the Rhone River to the west and the Côte d’Azur on the east. Physically, it’s only about 150 miles long and 100 miles north to south but its impact is profound. Wine has been made here for over 2600 years, making Provence the oldest wine producing region of France. It is also the only place to focus on Rosé and is home to the only research institute dedicated to the style.
The characteristic aromas and structure of the Estandon wines are derived partly from primary slate soils, which are free-draining and stony. Sited primarily in the foothills of the Massif des Maures on sunny hillside slopes the shallow, schist and silty soils of the vineyards mean the vines struggle to produce a meagre crop of delicately flavoured grapes.