Founded by the Templars in the 13th century and then bequeathed to the Knights of Malta, over the years, Domaine Peyrassol has become a reference among fine Cotes de Provence wines.
In 2001, Philippe Austruy acquired the estate and thus perpetuated its ancient history. In 2002, this enthusiast carried out major work by reorganizing the vineyard and modernizing the winemaking facilities, in order to excel in the production of wines that reveal the quality of their terroir.
Under the Cotes de Provence appellation, this Cuvée des Commandeurs 2021 by Peyrassol is made from vines planted on clay-limestone to schist soils, depending on the plot.
The 2021 vintage is marked by a noticeable climatic instability. An episode of frost at the end of April had little impact on the vineyards, which had not yet reached budburst. Thanks to their deep roots, the vines resisted a particularly dry summer. The mistral wind salvaged the vines and the major fire during mid-August did not come close to the vineyards. At the beginning of September, a stormy episode along with hail destroyed crops situated a few kilometres away from the estate, which was not affected due to the natural barrier created by the hills. Finally, the floods recorded in the surrounding areas did not impact the estate. Despite these extreme weather conditions, the grapes harvested showcased an exceptional quality.
Vinification and aging
The grapes are delicately pneumatically pressed before the juices are separated. Vinification in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks. Fermentations are followed by a light racking in order to work only the high-quality lees, in order to favour the expression and the aromatic potential of this wine throughout its evolution.
The color is subtle and resembles a rose petal.
The nose exudes gourmet fragrances of ripe yellow fruit.
Full and bursting with freshness, the palate harmoniously combines a beautiful tension and perfectly displays its liveliness and smooth feel.
Food and wine pairing
Peyrassol's Cuvée des Commandeurs 2021 will complement salmon sushi, scallop ceviche or golden sea bass served with fennel.