This wine has a soft pink powdered hue. The nose is fruity, fine and delicate. On the palate, the initial impressions are marked by peach and nectarine notes with a rich aromatic complexity. The wine finishes long and persistent with elegance and finesse.
Wine first appeared in the Château’s history in the 1st century AD, however it was only brought to light in the 16th century by Henry IV. The French king fell in love with the location’s beauty and quality of wine. He ordered his prime minister, the Duke of Sully, to introduce the wines to the French court and to plant, on 15 February 1594, France’s first blackberry bush along with stunning plane trees that still adorn the château’s terrace.
In the 18th century, the estate was bought by the Aumérat family and was renamed Château de l’Aumérade.
In 1932, Henri Fabre fell in love with l’Aumérade and bought the estate. He and his wife, Charlotte, were among the first bottlers and founders of Côtes de Provence wines. They overhauled the château and in 1955 were awarded the title of Cru Classé, which only 18 property owners in Provence can claim.
Helped by their son, Louis Fabre, they expanded their wine sales and exports. In 1956, Charlotte Fabre designed a unique bottle, one of the first in Provence, taking inspiration from one of Emile Gallé’s pâtes de verre vases. And so the Marie-Christine was born...
Following in the footsteps of her grandfather and father, Marie-Christine Fabre-Grimaldi and her husband Vincent have carried on this tradition, drawing on 400 years of passion.
Today, the wines are changing, the family is expanding and the future of Château de l’Aumérade is already under way with the next generation: Caroline, Clément and Delphine.
The Côtes de Provence appellation spans more than 20,000 hectares (nearly 50,000 acres) and three departments: the Var, the Bouches-du-Rhône and one village in the Alpes-Maritimes, for a total of 84 communes. The boundaries of the region extend from the alpine hills near Draguignan to the coast of Saint-Tropez. The noncontiguous parts of the region include land southeast of the Palette AOC and on the outskirts of the Bandol and Cassis wine area. The mountainous terrain near Villars-sur-Var in the northeast part of the area includes vineyards that can label their wine as Côtes de Provence.
The region accounts for nearly 75% of all the wine production in Provence with rosé accounting for around 80% of the production. While the number is rising, about 15% of wine production is red wine with the remaining 5% white. The main grape varieties are Carignan, Cinsaut, Grenache, Mourvèdre and Tibouren with an increase in the use of Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah.