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In a land saturated with rose and sun-stroked tourist hordes, it’s may seem difficult to make “serious” wine. But that’s exactly why Domaine du Dragon was a great discovery in Provence—this estate sets itself apart from the pack with world-class wines and winemaking know-how that is leagues above the rest of the region.

Located just outside of Draguignan, a village nestled in the hills in eastern Provence (not far from Cannes), Dragon tends 24 hectares of older vines on a larger, 60-hectare property. The town’s “mascot” is a dragon; hence the name of the domaine.

What is interesting about the terroir here is that it is almost all chalk—very unusual for Provence. The estate’s vines are 40 years old on average, and are terraced into the chalky hillsides. This higher altitude keeps vines cooler despite the persistent Provençal sun, while the chalk-rich terroir gives the estate’s wines impressive cut and mineral freshness.

Our red selection, “Cuvée Saint Michel,” is rich and palate-staining, with enough nervous acidity and fresh fruit to remind one of the precision and grace of classic Bordeaux, with the juicy body and persistence of a top-flight southern Rhône. It blends Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Grenache and Mourvèdre (depending on the vintage) aged in a mix of older and new Burgundian barrels for 13 months.

The “Cuvée Prestige” rosé is a blend of Cincault, Syrah, Mourvèdre and Grenache, aged completely in temperature-controlled tanks and with little added sulfur, as to preserve as much of the wine's natural and fresh fruit as possible.  It is ideally paired with a traditional Provençal bouillabaisse.

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Domaine Dragon Côtes de Provence Blanc Les Restanques 2012
Domaine Dragon Côtes de Provence Blanc Les Restanques 2012
France / Provence
A peerless aperitif wine from wind-swept hills of southern Provence. Aromas of yellow roses with a touch of honey; flavors mix citrus with apricots and ripe pears. A quince and lemon zest finish is thirst-quenching. 100% Roll, vinified entirely in tank.
Call 1-800-266-6585 to inquire.

Domaine Dragon Côtes de Provence Rosé Grande Cuvee  2012
Domaine Dragon Côtes de Provence Rosé Grande Cuvee 2012
France / Provence
A light pink in the glass; a blend of 59% Mourvèdre, 25% Syrah and 16% Grenache. The nose shows expressive notes of white and pink roses, with a nice edge of Clementine zest. Wild strawberries and white pepper blend on the mouth...
Call 1-800-266-6585 to inquire.

Domaine Dragon Côtes de Provence Rosé Cuvee Prestige 2011
Domaine Dragon Côtes de Provence Rosé Cuvee Prestige 2011
France / Provence
Black raspberries blend with candied grapefruit and ginger, long and thirst-quenching. This estate in eastern Provence redefines southern French rosés with more body, more soul. A blend of 30% Syrah, 34% Cinsault, 12% Mourvèdre, 16% Grenache and 8% Roll.
Call 1-800-266-6585 to inquire.

Domaine Dragon Côtes de Provence Rosé Grande Cuvee  2009
Domaine Dragon Côtes de Provence Rosé Grande Cuvee 2009
France / Provence
A light pink in the glass; a blend of 59% Mourvèdre, 25% Syrah and 16% Grenache. The nose shows expressive notes of white and pink roses, with a nice edge of Clementine zest. Wild strawberries and white pepper blend on the mouth...
Call 1-800-266-6585 to inquire.

Domaine Dragon Cuvee St. Michel Côtes de Provence  2008
Domaine Dragon Cuvee St. Michel Côtes de Provence 2008
France / Provence
Southern power, Bordeaux class—everything you could want in a rich, palate-staining red is here with the added punch of a landmark vintage to make it a treasure…
Call 1-800-266-6585 to inquire.

Domaine Dragon Cuvee St. Michel Côtes de Provence  2007
Domaine Dragon Cuvee St. Michel Côtes de Provence 2007
France / Provence
Southern power, Bordeaux class—everything you could want in a rich, palate-staining red is here with the added punch of a landmark vintage to make it a treasure…
Call 1-800-266-6585 to inquire.