However, this has changed a lot in recent years thanks to the work of passionate winegrowers. Today, the Luberon estates (formerly called AOC Côtes-du-Luberon) continue to win awards.
Located in the department of Vaucluse, in part of the Rhône valley, the Lubéron vineyard flourishes in a regional Natural Park over an area of 3362 hectares. The vines planted at an altitude that varies between 200 and 450 metres above sea level are subject to a wide temperature range during the same day, which gives the wines a very high degree of freshness. Moreover, the Mediterranean climate and the 2600 hours of sunshine per year make the Luberon one of the sunniest regions in France, which favours a good ripening of the white grape varieties.
The soils are quite diverse: Miocene sand in the Aigues region, limestone scree at the foot of the mountain and red clay.
The wines of the AOC Luberon are always made from the blending of several grape varieties. Syrah, grenache noir, accompanied by mourvèdre and cinsault are the grape varieties that make up the reds and rosés. The whites are composed of white grenache, white clairette, vermentino, bourboulenc, roussanne, marsanne, ugni blanc and viognier.
When you have served yourself a glass of red Luberon, you will notice that its colour is brilliant, with a bright ruby colour. The rosé wines are bright with cherry tints and the whites have a pale, limpid and brilliant colour. On the nose, your nostrils will then delight in fruity aromas with notes of spices and toast. Rosé wines also have very fresh aromas. Very fresh floral aromas and citrus aromas (grapefruit, lemon) are characteristic of whites. On the palate, the palate is full with silky tannins, rosé, balanced and fresh and the white very well balanced between acidity and fat.
But the most important thing is the question that everyone asks themselves: with what to taste the wines of this appellation that are in your cellar but that you do not dare to open for fear of not being able to appreciate them at their true value? Strong meats such as lamb or game will perfectly match Luberon wines, but fish, shellfish or snails will also be reliable allies.