Friday, April 24, 2020

New 2019 Rose

Commanderie de Peyrassol is synonomous with classical Provencal rose and has an impressively illustrious with the first vintage dating back to 1256. The Commanderie was founded by the Knights of Templar, then went under contol of the Knights of Malta until French Revolution when the State took it over. The Rigord family purchased the estate in 1870; but, it was not until 1977 when Madame Rigord decided to make and bottle the wines commercially.

This collection of 2019s sees c firing on all cylinders in a vintage exceedingly favorable to their style of wine.

2019 Peyrassol “La Croix” IGP Méditerranée Rosé...$14.99
Produced from roughly equal parts Grenache and Cinsault, plus a splash of Rolle (Vermentino. It offers the precision and elegance that characterizes all the estate’s rosés, albeit in a more direct, fruit-forward manner than its stablemates below.

2019 Peyrassol “Cuvée de la Commanderie” Côtes de Provence Rosé...$21.99
Peyrassol’s perennial workhorse hits a bullseye in 2019. Comprising 30% each Grenache, Cinsault, and Syrah, with small amounts of Tibouren and Mourvèdre completing the blend, the beloved “Commanderie” offers the tension, salinity, and crystalline fruit that characterize this wine every year. Breezy deliciousness.

2019 “Le Clos Peyrassol” Côtes de Provence Rosé...$56.99
Predominantly Tibouren, with the balance of the blend being Grenache and Rolle, Peyrassol's super pale 2019 Cotes de Provence Rose Le Clos Peyrassol offers up scents of crushed stone, garrigue, white peach and lime, all tinged with tart red berries. It's medium-bodied on the palate, with a silky-wet stone feel and a lingering finish that seems to build in red fruit intensity while remaining citrusy and refreshing at the same time. One of the best wines in this year's tasting, this is a limited-production cuvée from a walled vineyard located on the estate formerly known as Commanderie de Peyrassol.
Rated 93/100 The Wine Advocate

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