Provence, France

Cuvée des Commandeurs Red, AOP Côtes de Provence – 2021

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  • Introduction

    • This area, the most accessible of the estate, faithfully translates to “the
      great terroir and the spirit of the vineyard.” It favors the younger vines and the pure pleasure of the fruit, without denying an aromatic complexity that makes it charming.

  • Vineyard Profile

    • Complies with sustainable farming specifications. Soil is clay and limestone dating from the Triassic period, with a high proportion of gravel. Yields are around 45 hl/ha. The harvest is manual, grape variety by grape variety, in boxes of 30 kg.

    • Soil: Clay, limestone and schist
  • Vintage Report

    • To say that the 2021 vintage was a long and quiet river would be a sweet joke! However, Peyrassol went through the ordeal without suffering adversity. At the end of April, a historic frost from the northwest (-9°c) hit the region. This produced late-budding vines. Summer had very minimal rainfall. In mid-August, a small threat fire broke out in the plain of Le Luc, sowing desolation in its path. The mistral winds were kind to Peyrassol and assisted in repelling the fire in the opposite direction. At the beginning of September, a hail storm destroyed the entire harvest of the village of Pignan, just a few miles from the estate. Our hills helped to block the hail from destroying our vines! Finally, floods ravaged all the surrounding municipalities… but stopped at the gates of Flassans! And in the end, we were still fortunate to have exceptional quality musts and wines.

  • Vinification

    • The fruit is hand harvested and fully destemmed before being pushed by gravity into  concrete tank for fermentation. Different juice qualities are separated out during the vertical pressing process to optimize blending options. Only light punch downs help retain the fruit characteristics.

  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 80% Syrah, 15% Grenache, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon
    • Alcohol: 12.5%
  • Tasting Notes

    • It is the Syrah aromas that explode on the first nose: redcurrant, blueberry, and spices, conferring from the outset a beautiful personality to this wine. Then comes the freshness of the Cabernet-Sauvignon which balances the whole. Its elegant finish reveals the roundness of gourmet cherries. Its almost minty freshness makes this wine the perfect companion throughout the meal.

    • Serving Suggestions: A homemade terrine with a thin cut charcuterie board, a beef carpaccio with sucrines and capers, a veal sauté with apricots, zucchini tagliatelle with thyme and walnuts or roasted sweet potato with lemongrass sauce. This vintage leaves room for all your culinary creativity.