France: Provence

Inland Provence

Côtes de Provence and Coteaux Varois Wines from the Hillsides
By Elizabeth Gabay MW

This Guide was last updated on 12 February 2010
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Commanderie de Peyrassol

Address: N7, 83340 Flassans sur Issole
Tel: 04 94 69 71 02 
Geo-coordinates:  Latitude: 43:22:12N (43.36999)    Longitude: 6:13:25E (6.22356) 

This vineyard is worth visiting for its history alone – once a Templar stronghold, the cluster of medieval buildings at the heart of the estate is a long way from the hustle and bustle of the modern world and the nearby N7. It has been owned by Philippe Austruy since 2001 and he has continued the investments made by the Rigord family since the 1970s. The result today is a large and well managed estate in terms of the vineyards, the cellars and the house. The vineyards lie at 300m, resulting in ripeness a good week behind vineyards on the plain around Le Luc. Although this estate made its name for its rosé wines, to my mind the white and red wines are more successful. Their red cuvée, ‘Château’, shows a great rich ripeness and intensity. A self-guided tour of the art work scattered around the vineyards allows visitors to walk around the vineyards and get a feel of the domaine. In the cellar look out for the stunning chandelier made of broken wine-bottles!

Useful information: A tasting cellar and shop are open morning and afternoon.


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