Côtes du Luberon AOC

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Côtes du Luberon AOC
Wine region
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Type AOC
Year established 1988
Years of wine industry 2,000
Country France
Part of Rhône Valley
Climate region mediterranean
Soil conditions calcerous marl, Miocene sands and molasse
Size of planted vineyards 2,712
No. of vineyards 450
Grapes produced Grenache noir, Syrah, Cinsault, Mourvèdre Carignan, Counoise noir, Gamay noir, Pinot noir
Wine produced red, white, rosé
Comments Data from 2005

Côtes du Luberon is a French wine-growing AOC in the southeastern extreme of the Rhône wine region of France, where the wines are produced in 36 communes of the Vaucluse département. The neighbouring appellation of Côtes de Ventoux AOC stretches along its northern border and is separated by the Calavon river. The southern limit of the region is marked by the Durance river.

Economy[edit]

The Côtes du Luberon wines are produced by a total of 495 concerns which include 480 growers, 55 private wineries, 14 cooperative wineries, and one producer/merchant. The vineyards are in the communes of Ansouis, Apt, La Bastide-des-Jourdans, La Bastidonne, Beaumont-de-Pertuis, Bonnieux, Cabrières-d'Aigues, Cadenet, Castellet, Cheval-Blanc, Cucuron, Goult, Grambois, Lacoste, Lauris, Lourmarin, Maubec, Ménerbes, Mérindol, Mirabeau, La Motte-d'Aigues, Puget, Puyvert, Robion, Saignon, Saint-Martin-de-Castillon, Saint-Martin-de-la-Brasque, Sannes, Taillades, La Tour-d'Aigues, Vaugines, Villelaure, Vitrolles-en-Luberon.[1]

Wines[edit]

A red wine from the Côtes du Luberon.

Red wines are made from Grenache noir and Syrah, 60%, (of which Syrah minimum 10%), Cinsault maximum 20%, Mourvèdre Carignan, maximum 20% other accepted varieties are: Counoise, Gamay noir, Pinot noir

Rosé: The same varieties are used as for the red, and up to 20% of the allowed varieties for white wine may be used.

White wines from Clairette blanche, Grenache blanc, Ugni blanc, maximum 50%, Roussanne and Marsanne together to a maximum of 20%.

The minimum alcohol for all three colors is decreed at 11%.

References[edit]

  1. ^ INAO, April 2007