Peyrassol 2018 'Commanderie' Cotes de Provence Rose AOC
Item Number: 12894
Sub Region: Provence
Appellation/AVA: Cotes de Provence AOC
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Grape(s): 45% Cinsault / 29% Grenache / 15% Syrah / 6% Rolle / 5% Others
Type: Wine - Rose
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 12.5
Residual Sugar(g/L): < 5 g/l
Total Acidity: 3.6 g/l
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
Soil Type: Rocky clay and limestone
2018 Vintage Notes: Hermine Clermont, Peyrassol’s spirited young winemaker now in her third year, expressed great enthusiasm for the quality of her 2018s—a hard-fought victory after an exceptionally labor-intensive growing season. These are ultra-classic Provence rosés without unwelcome heaviness or structure, though not lacking at all for concentration. The high rainfall during the season increased yields, which served to keep the rosés brisk and easygoing. Dry, ideal late-season conditions made for a clean, well-timed harvest which commenced on August 24th.
Winemaking Notes: Varieties and parcels at Peyrassol are all vinified individually, which allows Hermine great flexibility and control over the blending of the various cuvées. Indeed, one of the most remarkable things about the range of rosés at Peyrassol is how well-measured, notable, and justified the “steps up the ladder” are in the lineup. The wines become more filigree, detailed, and fine, each progressive rung a further zoom-in on a sort of Platonic ideal of Provence rosé.
Tasting Notes: The classic workhorse rosé of the estate, Commanderie really shines in 2018. Those tempted to go the less-expensive route with La Croix des Templiers will miss out on a wine that is markedly finer and more complex, as this is the best example of Peyrassol Commanderie in recent memory. Built around roughly equal parts Cinsault and Grenache, with splashes of Syrah and Rolle, this is a positively chiseled rosé with pronounced salt component and a sense of driving energy on the palate. The fruit is tight and focused. The finish is long and persistent. The 2018 Peyrassol Commanderie is a tremendous effort from Hermine and her team.