Located just east of Bandol is one of the newest appellations of Provence called La Londes des Maures. Here the earth shimmers from the very strong presence of mica-schist and quartz in the rocks of the region, and it is this particular mineral composition that has earned this area its own recognition and appellation in 2008. The vineyards of Figuière are ideally situated between the Mediterranean Sea and the hills of the Massif des Maures, between Bandol and Saint Tropez, near Le Lavandou and Bormes-les-Mimosas – overlooking the islands of Porquerolles. Similar to Bandol the principal red variety here is Mourvedre followed by Grenache with Cinsault and Cabernet. The domaine’s wines are fine, elegant, and mineral with complex and refined aromas. The rosé wines, always very pale in color, are aromatic and have a perfect balance between mineral and fatness.
Run by the Combard family, the estate was founded by Alain Combard who worked together with Michel Laroche in Chablis for several decades. In 1979, to preserve this exceptional site, Saint André de Figuière chose to convert to organic production (Ecocert certification). All the rose wines are vinified and aged in temperature controlled stainless steel to keep the freshness of both the aromas and the fruit so typical of the wines of this region. These are pristine wines displaying the fine mineral nuances imparted by this exceptional site. The wines are made to drink for their freshness and they perfectly suit warmer climates like Provence and much of Australia.
2018 Le Saint Andre Rosé
(Stelvin) 750ml Made from a blend of Grenache, Cinsault, Syrah and Cabernet from fruit purchased from selected terroirs and partner winegrowers. The grapes are bought on the vine, harvested by hand and then vinified at the domaine.
2017 Signature Magali Côtes de Provence Rosé
(Stelvin) 750ml Made from a blend of Grenache, Cinsault, Syrah and Cabernet. The grapes for the Signature wines are sourced from two different terroirs: schisty soils in the Massif of the Maures with martime climate; the vines ripen earlier here. Clayey-limestone spoils in the Centre of the Var with a more continental climate and vines that ripen later on.
Pale salmon in color, clear and bright. The nose is expressed through notes of citrus and small red berries. A wonderfully supple and full-bodied attack on the palate, finishing up with notes of yellow fruit ranging from peach to nectarine.
2017 Premiere La Londe Côtes de Provence Rosé
(Cork) 750ml Made from a blend of Mourvedre Grenache and Cinsault grown on the schist and white quartz soils from estates oldest vineyards cropped low at around 30 hl/ha the grapes are de-stemmed and cooled before pressing slowly at very low pressure. A most delicate rosé with a pale and limpid robe. An expressive bouquet that exudes Provence, with aromas of spicy citrus fruit, strawberry, apricot and white peaches. Light, fine, smooth and silky.
La Londe is one of the newest appellations in Provence where the soils are typified by mica-schist and so the soils are markedly different to the rest of Provence. The glistening mica-schist soils impart a silky texture which is very distinctive and when staying in this part of Provence it is well worth taking in the view in the afternoon, while enjoying a local Provence Rose, gazing across the Mediterranean to the Isle des Porquerolles which glistens like gold in the late afternoon sun as the suns rays shine off the mica-schist soils.