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2012 Cotes de Provence Red, Chateau L'Afrique

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Producer: Chateau L'Afrique

Wine: 2012 Cotes de Provence Red

Varietals: 80% Syrah, 15% Carignan, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon

Nose: Dark color with purple hues, jammy aromas of strawberries

Palate: Smooth tannins, refreshing, hints of spice, black currant

Food:  Roasted farmhouse chicken with wild mushrooms, porterhouse steak

Cellaring: Drink now or cellar until 2019

Chateau L'Afrique - Cuers, Cotes de Provence

Chateau L'Afrique

Famille Sumeire is located in the commune of Cuers, in the heart of the Cotes de Provence. The estate has been producing wine since the Roman times. The originality of the name comes from the 19th century and the oriental trend influenced by the painter Géricault. A long alley of cypress trees crosses the vineyard to reach the huge yellow-ochre provençal house. Olivier Sumeire is the 8th generation winemaker.

The statue adorning the label, dated 1840 and placed at the end of the estate
alley, is the work of sculptor Antoine Aprile, native from Cuers.

Cotes de Provence - plots

The red sandstone bedrock has produced a sandy limestone soil, which has
combined with colluvial soil from the areas of high ground on either side of the
terroir.