Peyrassol 2016 'Commanderie de Peyrassol' Cotes de Provence Rose AOC
Item Number: 10364
Sub Region: Provence
Appellation/AVA: Cotes de Provence AOC
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Grape(s): 46% Cinsault / 27% Syrah / 22% Grenache / 5% Ugni Blanc
Type: Wine - Rose
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 12.5
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
Winemaking Notes: The grapes are picked at night to preserve the freshness of the fruit (they typically start harvesting around 3:00am in the morning). The grapes undergo cold maceration before being pressed. The rosés of Peyrassol are made from the direct press method. This gives them their beautiful watermelon pink color. The fermentation takes place under controlled temperatures and is exceptionally long, resulting in rosés that are both lively, fresh and full-bodied.
Tasting Notes: The Commanderie cuvée is a pale salmon color with a brilliant silver shine. The aromas are dominantly mineral with a hint of red fruits and blossoms. The 2016 rosé is linear and crisp on the palate; it is nicely dry with a concentrated core of pure, sweet fruit that gives the wine a glycerol texture.
Vintage Notes: Alban Cacaret described the 2016 vintage as a "little crazy" due to the extreme growing season of that year. It was the longest harvest they have ever had at Peyrassol, starting at the end of August and ending on October 12th. It was also a very dry season, with very little water during summer, and fortunately a little rain in September that helped the water-stressed vines. Yields were a bit lower than the previous year. Even so, the large percentage of old vines and organic treatments in the vineyards helped the vines perform well under hydric stress. The ‘16s are very fresh and mineral with rich texture and a concentrated core of fruit.