The Mourvèdre is a variety of great character that is at the same time capricious and demanding. It is said the vines must overlook the sea to give their very best and it is only on the coast in the Var that there is enough sun for this variety to thrive and ripen to the full.
Today, it is no coincidence if more and more vineyards are planting the Mourvèdre varietal in the South of France. No one can resist its aromas of spice, liquorice, fruits of the forest and musk and its full- bodied structure which is softened by being matured in oak casks.
The characteristics of this grape variety are similar to those of the precedent. The Syrah is, however, softer and more vibrant in colour. The Syrah gives aromas of violets and red fruits. The wine from this varietal also benefits from being matured in oak casks. After maturing in bottle, the wine develops a bouquet of tobacco and cooked fruits.
The Grenache Noir is a variety that is sensitive to weather changes during flowering and its yield can vary. The wines produced are warm and full-bodied. ‘At the vineyard, the Grenache Noir gives more depth to our rosés and is delicious when blended with the Cinsault.’ according to François and Alain Combard.
In days gone by this grape variety was mass produced as an eating grape.
However, produced in smaller quantities, it gives rise to wines that are extremely elegant, fresh and astonishingly supple. This grape variety gives balance when blended with the others.
At Saint André de Figuière the Cinsault is essential in the making of our Rosé wines in that it brings an undeniable finesse.
This varietal, also known as Vermentino, is one of the Combard family’s favourites and originates from Sardinia. Even under the hot sun in La Londe, the grapes manage to retain a certain freshness. The good balance and structure of the wines obtained from this varietal enables them to be matured in oak casks.
The Rolle is greatly appreciated for its cool crispness, its powerful aromas of pears, passion fruit and white flowers.
We love this varietal for its richness, nobility and its golden robe. In small quantities when blended, the Sémillon adds body, with powerful aromas of honey and dried fruit.
The Ugni Blanc produces a pale straw-coloured wine that is light and lively with aromas of great finesse. Just like the Cinsault, it can be a precious ally when blended with other richer grape varieties such as the Sémillon, to give a softening touch.