Estate: The Commanderie was founded by the Knights Templar in the 13th century and is considered one of “the foremost estates of the Coteaux d’Aix”; known for their classic, dry Rosé that Provence is famous for. The estate picked up ‘Bargemone’ as part of their name after the influential Provencal family that resided there for 200 years. When it passed from their hands, the vineyards were sadly destroyed by phylloxera, which ended 800 years of continuous winemaking at the estate until French industrialist Jean-Pierre Rozan purchased it in 1973. Rozan restored the Commanderie and replanted the vineyards with traditional Provence grapes. Upon his death in 2006, the “controlling interest” in the vineyards and winery was sold to his winemaking team of Christian and Marina Garin, who have received many accolades by the media. The estate is now viewed as a “benchmark” producer of Rosé and this particular Rosé has been “termed a perennial favorite by several leading critics”.
Winemaking: All of the 160 hectares of vineyards are sustainably grown. Grapes were sourced from vines 25 years and older. Vinified in stainless steel.
Tasting Notes: Pale coral in colour with aromas of strawberry and minerals. A refined edge compliments tangy pink grapefruit and delicate peach flavours, whilst the steely mineral backbone and bright acidity punctuate each sip.
Blend of Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault, Cabernet Sauvignon and Carignan [Percentages vary with each vintage, I was not able to confirm this vintage.]
Mis en Bouteille au Domaine by Marina et Christian Garin [back label: Produced & Bottled by Commanderie de la Bargemone]
Enjoy now thru 2017