Arguably one of the most historic wineries in the world, the Commanderies de Peyrassol was established by the Knights Templar in the year 1204. Bequeathed to the Order of Malta in 1311, the winery operated under their direction until 1789, when the new directives of the French Revolution made it a property of the state. A hundred years after that, the property was bought by the Rigord family, who have managed it ever since. The bottling and selling on the open market of their wines began in 1977, when Françoise Rigord became known as a trailblazer for being one of the only females in this industry at the time. This Rosé is made using the press method from the “noble” grape combination of Cinsault, Grenache, and Syrah, considered by Provencal winemakers to be the gold standard for making Rosé wines.
This Rosé shows an extremely pale salmon color, and the nose is initially similarly light. Quite shy aromas of strawberry and watermelon rind make themselves known, just peeking out from the table grapes and clean acidity apparent even on the nose. A taste brings something totally consistent with the aromas, as if this wine is more about the texture and body than about the intensity of its flavors. Fleeting notes of strawberry and melon appear, but what remains in the forefront is the mouthfeel. It is impressive, and elegant would be an understatement. A must try for frequent Rosé drinkers.
-- Marc Soucy, FWS CSW
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