It’s about time America fell in love with rosé wines. We’ve been extolling the virtues of rosé since the 2006 vintage. Historically, one of the great spots for wine has been the Coteaux d’Aix region in Provence, France. The region has been making one version or another of pink wine since the 6th Century BC and upped its game in the Middle Ages. By the 21st century, this region was perfectly positioned to dominate the rosé market.
Commanderie de la Bargemone dates back to the 13th Century, founded by the Knights Templar. The vineyards were replanted in 1973 to the classic Provencal grapes: Grenache, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, with a small proportion of Cinsault, Rolle, Carignan, and Counoise. All are used in this wine.
It’s a very light pink by rosé standards, but that is because of an early harvest. In fact, there is more red wine flavor here than in most rosé wines, with fresh strawberry and dark fruit on the nose and palate. The acidity is brilliant, with a dose of pomegranate and white pepper on the finish. One of my go-to brunch wines; it’s perfect with eggs benedict.