Commanderie de Bargemone Côteaux d’Aix en Provence – Organic
Bargemone is among the foremost estates of the Coteaux d’Aix, a small fine-wine district in the larger appellation of Provence. With more than 160 acres under vines, 2/3 of the production is dedicated to the dry rosé for which Provence is famous.
‘La Commanderie de la Bargemone’ was founded in the 13th Century and is located 10 miles away from the historic city of Aix-en-Provence. In 1250 AD – The Knights Templar built their compound of buildings known as ‘’La Commanderie” in the heart of the surrounding farm fields. In 1968 – The vineyards were replanted on a large scale with 300 acres (120 hectares) in production.
The vineyard ‘’La Commanderie ‘’ is a traditional Provence vineyard that has been dedicated to producing Rosé (90+%) & White (10%) ‘’Côteaux d’Aix en Provence” of the highest quality for few decades.
The property was named “Bargemone” after the wealthy Provençal family that owned it for 200 years. It passed from their hands in the 1800s, with the vineyards finally succumbing 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. Production was up to 50,000 cases/year when Jean-Pierre passed away in 2006, and a controlling interest in the vineyards and winery was sold to current owners Christian and Marina Garin (both from local Provençal families).
The vineyard essentially represents a single terroir, with almost identical soils and exposures, aiding the production of wine of remarkably consistent quality with production of selected grapes such as Sauvignon Blanc, Rolle, Syrah, Counoise, Caladoc, Grenache, Cabernet Sauvignon. Viticulture and winemaking are 100% organic and certified Organic by EU. This is literally the beating heart of ‘’La Commanderie”.
Offering classic aromas of wild strawberries and red currants, with a light, floral character, and a crisp, bone-dry palate, this is a rosé of reference, to be enjoyed year-round on its own or with a wide range of lighter fare and Provence-inspired cuisine. Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Syrah, and Cinsault from 25+ year-old vines. Stainless steel vinification. Two days settling at cool temperatures followed by a cool, ten-day fermentation. No malolactic fermentation.
40% Grenache, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Syrah, 10% Cinsault, 5% Rolle.