Provence, France

La Croix de Peyrassol Rosé, IGP Méditérranée — 2020

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  • Introduction

    • With a long history of producing Provençal wines, the Commanderie de Peyrassol has broadened its offering using fruit from its IGP classified vineyards around the Coudonnier area and completed with sourcings from local partnerships. The winery produces this rosé with the goal of creating a more accessible wine with a focus on quality and freshness.

  • Vineyard Profile

    • Soil: Predominately limestone
  • Vintage Report

    • The 2020 season began in spring with regular rainfall until mid-July. Until the beginning of August, the water stress remained moderate. With the summer heat, the soils of the plateau as well as the hillside (where our Rolle and Syrah grow) became relatively tense. Yet, the temperature variations between the cool nights and hot days helped reach a wellbalanced acidity. The seasonality favored a very active ripening leading to harvest taking place a week earlier than in 2019. The wines are mature and well-balanced.

  • Vinification

    • After destemming and a pneumatic press, the wine undergoes a 24- hour cold settling to remove the heavy lees, then is racked into stainless steel tank for the controlled temperature fermentation.

    • Aging: A short aging on fine lees before light filtration, allowing the wine to focus on freshness and balance.
  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 50% Grenache, 40% Cinsault, 10% Syrah
    • Alcohol: 12.5%
  • Tasting Notes

    • Beautiful pale pink in color, with distinct bluish hues. This expressive blend opens immediately with notes of small red fruits carried on a savory undertone of garrigue. There is a refreshing touch of greenness on the palate which gives this fresh, lively wine its truly thirst-quenching character. An accessible blend in the true style of Provençal rosé: delicate with flavors of white fruit and a hint of minerality.

    • Serving Suggestions: This blend will add a touch of magic to grilled summer vegetables, barbecued prawns or a fresh ‘panna cotta’.