From the producer:
COMPOSITION: 42% Cabernet-Sauvignon, 30% Syrah, 28% Counoise
NOSE: Red berry fruit, blackberries
PALATE: Rich and rounded, little acidity; fruity flavours, developing a hint of spice
Rabbit cooked with olives, rack of lamb with herbes de Provence, fillet of red mullet
Cabernet Sauvignon is not widely used in Provence, especially in rosés, but this late-ripening variety delivers freshness, acidity and red berry flavours. Syrah adds a lovely pink colour with a discreet glimmer of blue, and excellent, fruit-led aromatic complexity. What makes Commanderie de la Bargemone rosé stand out from the crowd though, is its use of Counoise. This is an oldish variety which fell into obscurity for a while, but is now used in Châteauneuf-du-Pape. We’ve also re-introduced it into La Bargemone’s plantings. It’s a late-ripening grape with little depth of colour, but shows a broad range of flavours including spices and florals.