IGP ALPES-DE-HAUTE-PROVENCE, A SYMBOL OF PRESTIGE
Around Manosque and Gréoux-les-Bains, in the heart of the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, passing through the regions of the Luberon and the Verdon, areas protected by the IGP Alpes-de-Haute-Provence appellation extend throughout the department. This label delights wine lovers with its rich palette of vines and grape varieties made possible by IGP regulations, which are less stringent than AOP regulations. Producing more than 23,000 hectolitres per year, IGP Alpes-de-Haute-Provence wines contribute towards the economic development and artisan reputation of this department, which for too long remained secret. Red wines, white wines and rosé wines awaken the palate of curious amateurs thanks to their typically Provençal soul. Haute-Provence has an exceptional, undulating topography, varying the region’s countryside to the delight of the eyes and the taste buds. The soil benefits from an unusual climate, juggling between the alpine and Provençal weather of the southern plateaux and the heat of unrivalled sunshine in the hills surrounding Manosque. Shaded from strong winds by the alpine peaks, the department is one of the least windy in Provence. The Foehn winds ensure gentle ventilation, giving the air a tangible softness.
The significance of these geographical characteristics is by no means small. It is the assurance of a unique taste in the mouth thanks to the delicacy and simplicity of the rosé wines labelled IGP Alpes-de-Haute-Provence. These wines can be recognised by their clear and captivating colour, characteristic of the IGP Alpes-de-Haute-Provence rosé wine. In the golden light at the end of a summer day, the fruity and full aromas of the smooth roundness of Provence rosés mingle together. The long-lasting aroma of this light wine is brought out delicately when served at 8 degrees as an evening aperitif in summer.
The red wine has a bold, deep red colour with subtle shades of purple. With your eyes closed, you will distinguish intense fruity aromas of blackcurrant, blackberry or raspberry enhanced by the spicy Syrah grape variety. IGP Alpes-de-Haute-Provence red wine is best savoured as an accompaniment to a barbecue or fine red meat, ideally at a temperature of 16 degrees.
The floral freshness of the perfumed IGP Alpes-de-Haute-Provence white wine dances with the delicious sugary notes of apricot, peach and other white fruit. This aromatic waltz lends the wine a remarkable balance between alcohol and acidity, which enchants the taste buds with a supple and rich palate. Unlike the red wines, which are long-keeping wines, this white wine is best drunk young. Served as an accompaniment to fish in sauce, its acidity will enhance the character of the dish.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN AOP AND IGP?
The Identification Géographique Protégée (protected geographical indication) identifies food products that have a strong link with their area of origin. The little gold stars on the IGP logo bear witness to a European label which identifies the quality and reputation of a product based on its geography. To obtain this recognition, wines and other delicacies must be crafted, produced or transformed in specific geographical locations in compliance with the precise conditions of a specification note. As for the provenance of the ingredients, this is crucial for certification.
These strict rules bring together a variety of requirements, such as a determined climate, use of authentic expertise as well as a contribution to the development of the land in question. Like the Appellation d’Origine Protégée (AOP), IGP is supervised by an independent organisation (CERTIPAQ°). This label, which is less restrictive than the AOP, enables a link to be established between a product and a region or, in this case, a department.