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Chateau Sainte Marguerite Symphonie Blanc 2014
The Château Sainte Marguerite was created in 1929 on the base of an old farm house cultivated since Antiquity. André Chevillon is the founder of the winery, which was obtained in 1955 as a Cru Classé. This Cru Classé distinction officially recognizes the founders of the A.O.C. Côtes de Provence production area are ensuring a regularity of quality and authenticity.
In 1977, Brigitte et Jean-Pierre Fayard acquired the Château Sainte Marguerite, as a fund raiser for The Foundation of France. This sale would finance a musical prize in the name of the former owner.
Nowadays, the Fayard family continues this search of excellence while passionately and with talent creating wines known and recognized by all.
Cotes de Provence is an extensive but valuable appellation that includes vineyards bordering the main Provence appellations and extending all the way east to the border of Italy. Its sites vary from subalpine hills, which receive the cooling effects of the mountains to the north, to the coastal St-Tropez, a warm Mediterranean wine-producing region.
Here there is a new focus on quality rosé, as it defines four fifths of the region’s wines. Following in the rosé footsteps, a lot of new effort is going into the region’s red production. A new generation has turned its focus on high quality Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault and Carignan. Cotes de Provence white wines, which represent a miniscule part of the region as far as volume, are nonetheless worthy of consideration and can include any combination of Clairette, Semillon, Ugni Blanc and Vermentino.
Beyond the usual suspects, there are hundreds of white grape varieties grown throughout the world. Some are regional indigenous specialties capable of producing excellent wines on their own, while others are better suited for use as blending grapes. Each has its own distinct viticultural characteristics and aroma and flavor profiles, offering much to be discovered by the curious wine lover. In particular, Portugal, Italy, and Greece are known for having a multitude of unique varieties.