Back in 1996, “BK” (before kids), my wife and I took a trip to France.
One of our favorite stops was in the beautiful University town of Aix-en-Provence in the south, where we fell in love with the local dry rosé wine
that was seemingly as essential to everyday life as water. It has been fun to see dry rosé wines emerge in the US as a major category, with examples from wine regions all over the world. However, the rosés of Provence have always brought back fond memories for me, and we recently added a wine to Surdyk’s that has at first sip become my absolute favorite rosé, by Commanderie de la Bargemone.
Founded by the Templar Knights in the 13th century, the winery has 163 acres of predominately red grape varietals that are certified organic. This
rosé is a blend of Grenache (45%), Cinsault (21%), Cabernet Sauvignon (15%), Syrah (13%), and Sauvignon Blanc (6%). The grape varieties are vinified separately in stainless steel tanks with cold fermentation to preserve freshness and natural acidity. The wine shows shimmering, vibrant pink colors, with a beautiful nose of wild strawberries and banana/bubblegum. The mouthfeel is beautifully rich, with fruitiness and weight up front that transitions to a long finish that becomes increasingly dry and focused by acidity and subtle mineral notes. Truly a beautiful wine that sets the standard for Provence rosés. Enjoy your journey to Provence in beautiful southern France. Salut!