Warmer temperatures signal the beginning of Rosé season. One of our favorites is the spectacular Commanderie de Peyrassol, AOP Côtes de Provence. The sprawling estate stretches over 1900+ acres of rustic, limestone hills in the South of France.
Grapes were first harvested at Commanderie de Peyrassol in 1256 AD by the Knights of Templar. But it wasn’t until the 1970’s that a pioneering woman of the Rigord family breathed life into its operation and began selling to the public. Françoise Rigord’s memoir, La Dame de Peyrassol, paints the picture about the adversity she had to face in the male-dominated winemaking world before the estate and vineyard sold to its current owner in 2001.
Today, Philippe Austruy and his nephew, Alban Cacaret, run the vineyard with ecologically sound organic practices and a deep respect for its history. Peyrassol is produced with a full focus on organic principles, while considering the environment and ecosystem of the nearby Mediterranean. They elect not to use any synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, or fungicides because they believe it affects the quality of the wine. The organic practices coupled with the dry and humid conditions result in a limited production run in comparison to other local vineyards.
The quality of Commanderie de Peyrassol remains unmatched. Made from the grapes of Cinsault, Syrah and Grenache, this trio make a balance full of fruity flavours, nicely sharpened with a touch of Mourvèdre. The grapes undergo cold maceration before being pressed to emphasize the beautiful shade of pink that is naturally present. It’s rosy appearance and expressive, gourmet nose lends charm to this blend dominated by wild berries, gooseberry and raspberry, that reveal themselves in a crisp, silky palate enhanced with an elegant touch of minerality. Ideal as an aperitif, or with all varieties of grilled fish, beef, fish tartare, and fresh berry desserts.