After I read the invitation to a winetasting of “Pétale de Rose” rosé back in spring of 2015, I was confused. The rosé bearing this name appeared to be made at two different domaines: Château Barbeyrolles and Château Tour de l’Évêque. Muddling the picture even more was that a quick google search revealed that Château Tour de l’Évêque also goes by the name, Château La Tour Sainte-Anne.
Then, I learned that both properties are owned by renowned Régine Sumeire, third-generation Côtes de Provence winemaker, whose (extended) family owns at least three other wineries in Provence. The Sumeires were pioneers in the wine business in Provence, developing what has been referred to as a “winemaking empire” in the Var département of Provence.
Régine is one of the first female winemakers in Provence and the recipient of many accolades including being selected by her peers to be a Chevalier-ranked member of the Académie du Vin de France. And, more pertinent, Régine was instrumental in creating “Pétale de Rose,” the name she christened her two rosé cuvées that are produced using a specific vinification process—reportedly unique in Provence—that results in a particularly pale “diaphanous” color of rosé.
I was confident Régine’s Pétale de Rose rosés would be worth the trip to New York so [...]