The Indication Géographique Protégée Sable de Camargue
(Protected Geographical Indication), like the AOP (PDO) designation, came out of the EU’s desire to expand the product identification by origin system. Governed by regulation 510-2006, the IGP distinguishes products whose production must at least partially be carried out in the geographical area of the same name, and which are linked to a specific territory and specific reputation.
The IGP Sable de Camargue wine producing area is unique and produces high-quality wines. The soil is made up of coarse mineral sands brought in by the sea and wind and devoid of clay and silt. This wine producing area is set in a unique landscape with exceptional flora and fauna. Surrounded by lakes, the Camargue plain, the coastal plain of the Petite Camargue, lagoons, reed beds, dunes and pine forests, the vineyards are immersed in a mythical environment. This untamed natural environment gives the IGP Sable de Camargue wines great richness and originality. The climate combines Mediterranean influences with those of the nearby hills imparting a distinct typicality to the IGP Sable de Camargue wines. Stamped with a maritime character, these wines stand out for their exceptional terroir located in the very heart of nature.
To produce outstanding IGP Sable de Camargue wines, the Sable de Camargue wine producers have combined the traditional local grape varieties with the more well-known French grape varietals. The Gris, Gris de Gris, and Rosé make up 94% of the production. The Gris descriptor designates a wine with a very faint colour.
The main IGP Sable de Camargue grape varieties are Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Carignan Noir, Carignan Gris, Cinsault, Grenache Noir, Grenache Gris, Merlot and Syrah (70%). The secondary varieties are Aubun, Marselan and Tempranillo as well as grape varieties destined for the production of white wines.
More informations on the website of the wines of IGP Sable de Camargue