Nestled in the northeast region of France, Alsace is one of the driest areas for viticulture in all of France. Grapes here are traditionally trellised very high.
The Côtes de Provence wines draw their strength of character from a sun-drenched land at the foothills of the Sainte-Victoire Mountain. Halfway between Aix-en-Provence and Saint-Maximin, Château des Ferrages is one of the four fortresses that shaped the history of Pourcieux. Surrounded by wooded parklands, this traditional Renaissance building overlooked the village. Most of the building has been lost over time and only the tower and a few architectural remains still exist today. Its most valuable treasure, however, is undoubtedly the wine domaine that bears its name. Its 28 hectares of vines produce four cuvées that are carefully aged in the Château des Ferrages cellars. These cellars combine modern vinification techniques and traditional methods of ageing.
With a 1-square-kilometer winery that has a total production capacity of 3,500 hectolitres, the estate currently produces 1,400 hectolitres per year. The soil is clay-limestone. Viticulture is done the traditional way. A combination of modern winemaking techniques and traditional ageing produces distinctive wines with lots of personality.
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Michel Chapoutier has built a world wide reputation in the Rhone but his vineyard and winery holdings are not confined to that area. He also has a great estate further south in the jewel of the Languedoc known as the Cote du Roussillon. Here, at Domaine de Bila Haut, old vines of Syrah, Grenache, and Carignan are carefully cultivated using sustainable and biodynamic growing methods. In the hills of the Agly Valley, the Cote du Roussillon Villages area make truly unique and superb red blends.
At lower elevations, a unique blended white wine is also produced. Here Macabeo, Grenache Blanc and Grenache Gris are carefully grown and vinified to produce an elegant, crisp, and mineral laden wine with lingering notes of citrus, melon and saline flavors.
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