Domaine Les Bastides Valéria Côteaux d’Aix-en-Provence 2018
The vines average 30 years old (the oldest parcel was planted in 1964) and are planted on slopes between 720 and 985 feet above sea level. Vines are planted on north-facing slopes on clay-limestone soil. Organically farmed since 1967.
60% Cabernet Sauvignon / 40% Grenache
Grapes are de-stemmed and fermented separately, then aged in stainless steel tank for the first winter. Then the wine is blended and put in very large, old casks for additional aging. Production averages 1,100 cases.
Valéria, Carol Salen’s top wine, has great herbes de Provence on the nose matched with great fruits. The palate is rich and velvety with a little kick of tannin. Not filtered and best to decant. Perfect for red meats!