Ah, Provence! A historic wine region placed alongside the Mediterranean coast of France, bordered by the Rhone River to the west and the Côte d’Azur on the east. Picture rolling valleys of lavender and green grape vines against bright blue skies. The largest sub-region of Provence, Côtes de Provence is where Rosé accounts for more than half of the production of Provencal wine. From this stunning historically rich region come the stand out wineries Peyrassol and Château Rêva.
La Commanderie de Peyrassol
Founded in the 13th century by the Knights Templar, the Commanderie de Peyrassol covers an area of some 850 hectares dotted with oaks and olive groves, with 93 hectares dedicated to growing grapes. At an elevation of 330 metres on the lower slopes of the Massif des Maures, the vineyard sits on a clay and limestone soil which is ideal for viticulture.
Soft pink in colour the Réserve des Templiers is the prefect aperitif which goes deliciously well with any summer barbecue. The blend opens with a delightful bouquet of gooseberry, wild strawberry and raspberry, with a hint of citrus. Light and tender this Rose is seductive with liveliness.
The Château Peyrassol Rosé comes from the oldest vines in the domaine. Their low yield produces full-bodied grapes which bear the hallmark qualities of the terroir. Evoking the warmth of a summer’s day with white peach, pear, ripe grape and citrus the fine tannins and well-structured palate develops firmly towards a peak of elegant sharpness at the finish.
Château Rêva is a domain located in the heart of the Var, an exclusive sub-region of Provence tucked between Marseilles and Cannes. The Domain is a 32 hectare property comprising 30 hectares of vineyards and an authentic sales cellar and production cave. Château Rêva is owned and operated by the the Demonceaux Family led by Chef du Cave and proprietor Vincent Demonceaux.
With intention, The Château Rêva Rosé is beautifully assembled. You can smell the fresh strawberry and citrus, whilst tasting the red fruit on the palate that is balanced out by zesty acidity and mineral purity.
Did you know?
Provence is the birthplace of rosé wine. Vines existed in Provence before the Greeks arrived in 600 B.C., however it was first the Greeks, followed by the Romans, who introduced systematic growing and pruning techniques to Provence. After the whole fall of the Romans Empire, monks were actually the ones who kept winemaking traditions alive from the 5th to the 12th Century A.D., producing wine in order to fund their monasteries.
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