A benchmark producer of the delicious, dry rosé for which Provence is famous, the Commanderie de la Bargemone was founded by Templar knights in the 13th century. Located 10 miles away from the historic city of Aix-en-Provence, the Commanderie is home to a proud viticultural tradition and more than 160 acres of sustainably grown vineyards. In the 1800s, the vineyards succumbed to phylloxera, temporarily ending a proud 800-year tradition of winemaking. In 1973, French industrialist Jean-Pierre Rozan purchased the property, restored the Commanderie and replanted the vineyards. When Jean-Pierre passed away in 2006 controlling interest in the vineyards and winery was sold to current owners Christian and Marina Garin (both from local Provençal families).
Situated in a cool microclimate that allows for a longer growing season and later harvest than most of Provence, the viticulture and winemaking are 100% organic and certified Organic by EU. Today, the estate consists of 163 acres of vineyards, with 138 acres planted to red varieties: Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault, Cabernet Sauvignon and Counoise, and 25 acres planted to white varieties: Sauvignon Blanc and Rolle (Vermentino).
This charming rosé is a blend of 40% Grenache, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cinsault, 10% Syrah, and 10% Sauvignon-Blanc. The various grape varieties are vinified separately. The grapes were direct pressed, with no maceration. The juice was cold settled in stainless-steel tanks for 3-5 days prior to vinification. Fermentation lasted 10 days, at 59°F. No malolactic. Vinified entirely in stainless-steel tanks. Blended in December and bottled in January.
Delicate pink hue. Offers enticing aromas of fresh fruit salad. The palate is crisp, with rich flavors of candied banana, dried cranberry, blood orange and red apple skin. A mouth full of ripe summer fruits punctuated with juicy acidity and a charming minerality.