Provence, France

Les Commandeurs Red, AOP Côtes de Provence – 2022

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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 estates’ centuries-old reputation, Peyrassol is now, more than ever, synonymous with great wines and celebrated generosity across the world.

      WINE: Flagship wine from the Commanderie, with a focus on freshness and fruit. The Commandeur’s range of wines is the most accessible to obtain from the estate. It accurately represents the exceptional soil and essence of the vineyard. It highlights the younger vines and the sheer enjoyment of the fruit, while still maintaining a delightful aromatic complexity.

  • Vineyard Profile

    • Our vineyard practices organic farming. We minimize soil treatment and constantly monitor vine growth. During harvest, we manually pick each grape variety, carefully placing them in 30 kg boxes.

    • Appellation: Côtes de Provence
    • Location: Provence
    • Cultivation: Organic
    • Soil: Clay and limestone
  • Vintage Report

    • The 2022 vintage in Provence experienced a hot and dry climate, but some rain in early September in the interior valleys helped the grapes mature. The harvest took place under a mild sky, which contributed to the quality of the harvest. The grapes were harvested from September 15th through 26th.

  • Vinification

    • The grapes were sorted twice, once in the vineyard and again on tables. They were then de-stemmed, but not pressed, and fed into concrete vats by gravity. The grapes remained in the vats for 3 weeks with gentle punching down and stirring alternated regularly.

    • Aging: Aged in stainless steel vats to preserve its fresh aromas
  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 80% Syrah, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Grenache
    • Alcohol: 13.5%
  • Tasting Notes

    • This wine has a light color with violet tints, and its initial nose reveals notes of strawberry and redcurrant. These flavors come from the fine extraction of a well-ripened Syrah, followed by sweet spices. On the palate, the wine is beautifully mature with good body, soft and mellow tannins, and balanced acidity. It is an accessible wine with a great character.