« Everything is in the vine » said Jules Guyot, a famous Burgundian agronomist who has contributed a lot to French viticulture.
The grape variety is at the origin of the grapes and the typicity of the resulting wine. The INAO (National Institute of Appellations of Origin) carried out in the 1930s a geographical division to draw an ampelographic map by region. Ampelography is the science of studying grape varieties. Appellations d’Origine Contrôlée (AOC) or Protégée (AOP) as they have been called for a few years are as many indicators of the extracts of these varieties that the consumer will find by opening his bottle allowing him to distinguish their typicity, their nuances and to identify his preferences. The same is true for PGIs (Protected Geographical Indication) with wider consideration.
Domaine Coulombaud, located in the commune of Méounes-lès-Montrieux, is part of the the Coteaux Varois en Provence. Our planted grape varieties are Syrah, Grenache Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon for black grapes and Rolle (Vermentino) for white grapes.
The next yards to be planted will welcome new varieties.
Cinsault, a Provençal originated black grape, with big juicy round berries. Cinsault will bring even more freshness and finesse to our rosé wine.
For whites, we will combine Rolle with Grenache blanc, a very tasty Mediterranean grape that will offer its texture and roundness.