Côtes du Luberon AOC
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|Years of wine industry||2,000|
|Part of||Rhône Valley|
|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.
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.
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.
The minimum alcohol for all three colors is decreed at 11%.
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- INAO, April 2007