Provence, France

Le Clos 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: The most prestigious cuvée of the domain, Le Clos Peyrassol
      Rosé was recommended by Wine Advocate in 2020, tying for 1st place as the best Côte de Provence rosé. The wine’s first production was 2009 and since then has only been produced in the most ideal of vintages.

  • Vineyard Profile

    • The Clos is one of the most beautiful plots on the estate, surrounded by low stone walls, at the foot of the Templar buildings. 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 gravel
  • 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 juices, traditional vinification in stainless steel vats and temperature-controlled stoneware jars. At the end of fermentation, a light racking ensures that only the best of the lees remains. The small volumes matured in jars allow intimate contact with the lees and make it easier for the aromas and balance to develop naturally on the palate.

    • Aging: Several months in stoneware jars
  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 40% Cinsault, 30% Grenache, 30% Tibouren
    • Alcohol: 12.5%
  • Tasting Notes

    • Extremely pale pink in color, this emblematic cuvée cultivates elegance, finesse and concentration. This is a delicate wine, with aromas of white cherry blossom, citrus fruit and white fruit (peach, pear). Fresh and generous on the palate, it immediately delivers the complexity typical of great wines. The aromas are gradually released and intermingle to offer the full expression of the grape varieties of Provence in their chosen terroirs. Built around the grape’s acids, this wine is very long on the palate, elegantly prolonged by bitters and a measured salinity.