There is this temptation to write a maudlin idyll about sipping rosé while lolling aboard a yacht on the French Riviera. Yet this post has a less histrionic slant in that it’s time to get back to basics – rosé basics that is – and look at a classic expression of Provencal rosés. The Commanderie de la Bargemone is an ancient domaine, the commanderie built by the Templars in the 13th century. Eight hundred years of winemaking were cut short in the 19th century with the destruction of the vineyards by phylloxera. Revitalized and replanted in the mid 20th century, the domaine now receives accolades for its wine – both Tanzer and Parker have bestowed their blessings. The basic fact though is that this wine is just plain wonderful. Excuse the effusiveness but this is the best rosé I’ve tasted in several years. The blend is 20% Syrah, 35% Grenache, 15% Cinsault and 30% Cabernet. The color is palest pink gold. The nose conjures images of a bowl of fresh straberries and a field filled with wildflowers and sweet herbs. The fruit carries over onto the palate and lasts through the finish. The mouthfeel is rounded, smooth. The acidity is vibrant, accented in the substantial finish by a white pepper spiciness. Excellent. One doesn’t need to be lying about some yacht to partake of the good life, just drink this wine.
2011 Commanderie de Bargemone Coteaux d’Aix en Provence
Kappy’s Wellington Circle Medford MA
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