As I continue to work through a copious amount of Rose wines that were produced in the fabulous 2015 vintage from across the globe, I had the opportunity to compare two more awesome Rose wines from Provence. Hailing from a 13th century chateau in Flassans-sur-Issole, France is the Chateau Peyrassol that dates back to the Templar Knights of that era.
Like so many top end producers, the Chateau Peyrassol makes two different Rose wines as well as reds. In many ways I consider Peyrassol on par with Bandol producer Chateau Vannieres or fellow Provence producer Chateau Vignulare. The wines are extremely well made, approachable, and very much food friendly.
The 2015 Commanderie Peyrassol Rose wine is made from a blend Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault and a bit of Mourvèdre. It is a super wine and one much like the Cotes de Provence from Pradeaux as it would easily be a home run winning wine, if the winery didn't have one better.
And that one would be Chateau Peyrassol. The Chateau has two white grapes, Rolle and Ugni Blanc, mixed in with the Cinsault, Syrah and Grenache. Hands down the Chateau Peyrassol was the winner of the two, as it was so subtle and fresh with the flavor of iodine, saline, strawberry and raspberry fruit. The Chateau has an almost translucent pink color, while the Commanderie has a more pink tinged robe. The Commanderie though has that ripeness and dry style of crispness that makes it so easy to drink all by itself, or with a salty fish crudo. The Chateau Peyrassol is richer and yells for food and was a perfect accompaniment to crispy Pork Belly.
These are two tremendous Rose wines, and are worth seeking out.