Provence, France

Château Peyrassol Rosé, AOP Côtes de Provence – 2023

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  • Introduction

    • WINERY: Commanderie de Peyrassol is located in the foothills of the Massif des Maures mountain range, 10 miles from the Mediterranean Sea, between Cannes and Marseille. Existing as a winery for almost 800 years, Commanderie de Peyrassol has thrived as a sanctuary for gathering travelers, all the while holding true to its values of hospitality and conviviality. The estate consists of 1,000 hectares with 95 hectares planted to vineyards cultivated on dry, rocky clay and limestone soils. With effort from the current owner, Philippe Austury, to revitalize the estates centuries old reputation, Peyrassol is now, more than ever, synonymous with great wines and celebrated generosity across the world.

      WINE: This rosé blend offers the purest expression of Provençal terroir. Grapes are vinified utilizing the direct press method with minimal exposure to oxygen to preserve freshness and aromas. After fermentation in stainless steel at a controlled temperature, a light racking is completed to retain only the best lees which are then worked carefully to promote both the aromatic expression and the potential of the wine to last over time.

  • Vineyard Profile

    • Chateau Peyrassol is the heart of the estates range. It is made from selected parcels of mainly old vines around the Estate and is very representative of the estates style in it’s commitment to excellence. It is characterized by its complexity and balance. We have made the choice to be organic, in coherence with the range of our wines of the estate. A demanding and uncompromising sourcing brings us today to offer you the best of Provence.

    • Appellation: Côtes de Provence, AOP
    • Location: Provence
    • Cultivation: Organic - Ecocert 2022
    • Vine Age: Old estate vines
    • Soil: Triassic clay and limestone, with a high proportion of pebbles
  • Vintage Report

    • The winter of 2022-2023 was particularly dry in Provence. The arrival of spring did not change the climatic conditions, and the resulting early drought was becoming particularly worrying. This was without counting on a complete turnaround in the situation during May and June. Regular and abundant rainfall profoundly altered the profile of the vintage. Fortunately, a particularly hot, dry summer began in June. Under a radiant sunshine, the vines, which benefited from a good water reserve, developed under excellent conditions. However, the end of the summer brought a new surprise, with a fortnight of almost scorching temperatures. As a result, ripeness went into overdrive. Very quickly, the potential degrees soared, and the color and aromas appeared. Harvest programs had to be accelerated to preserve and benefit from the good acidity present on August 15th. Harvesting took place in record time, finishing in early October throughout Provence.

  • Vinification

    • Delicate pneumatic pressing, careful separation of the juices, traditional vinification in stainless steel vats at controlled temperatures are all operations that precede our blending of the best batches obtained each year. At the end of fermentation, a light racking ensures that only the best lees remain, which are then carefully worked to enhance both the aromatic expression and the potential of these aromas to last over time.

    • Aging: Several months in stainless steel vats
  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 55% Cinsault, 25% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 5% Mourvedre, 5% Tibouren
    • Alcohol: 12.5%
  • Tasting Notes

    • Very pale lynchee pink color. The nose is fine and elegant. Complex, it releases long aromas of white-fleshed fruit, citrus fruit and white flowers. The palate is straightforward and clean: fine and silky, it is at once tender, delicate and lively. The freshness of the finish underpins the measured volume and a touch of salinity harmonises the whole.