B-21 Top Recommendation
While change might often seem inevitable, this beautiful rosé wine produced at the historic Commanderie de Peyrassol in Provence remains consistently the same – and in this case that means exceptional. Founded by the ancient order of the Knights Templar (whose secretive operations continue to be a favorite topic for fiction writers and film producers alike), the first recorded harvest at Peyrassol was in 1256. While the Order's founding and subsequent disappearance may be shrouded in mystery, its wine production is not. Despite the decline of the Knights and changes in ownership, the estate has continued to produce highly acclaimed wine throughout the centuries.
Beginning in 2001, current owner Philippe Austruy aggressively invested in the estate, modernizing the cellars and improving vineyard management, with the winery now managed by his nephew, Alban Cacaret. While styles of rose have been known to vary like fashion trends, the Peyrassol estate continues to consistently produce the classic "Provence in a glass" style of rosé driven by terroir. With an inviting pink rose petal hue and hints of wild berries on the palate, there's a balance of freshness and bright acidity on the pleasantly dry finish. Displaying the elegant style that is maintained vintage over vintage, the 2020 Peyrassol Cuvée des Commandeurs proves that history repeating itself can be a good thing.