Cassis was first planted to the vine in the 12th century and the vineyards were developed on the north, east and southeast slopes that surround the village which sits immediately on a little bay on the Mediterranean; thus, the perfect circumstances for marrying wine to the bounty of the sea! Phylloxera wiped out the vineyards in 1870 but by 1892 the citizens of Cassis had re-established their vineyards but this time without the Muscatel variety.
Current Domaine du Bagnol owner Jean-Louis Genovesi is a native of Cassis who had departed for Paris and made his fame in the capital before coming home to pursue viticulture. In the late 1990's Jean-Louis and his son Sébastien revived the domaine and the wines, both blanc and rosé, and now the wines are more compelling than ever. The property sits just beneath the imposing limestone outcropping of Cap Canaille and is a mere 200 meters distance from the shores of the Mediterranean. The vineyards benefit from the cooling winds of the north, northwest and northeast as well as the gentle sea breezes that come ashore.
This 2019 Domaine du Bagnol Rosé is produced from several parcels that comprise slightly less than 7 hectares of vineyards composed of clay and limestone soils, situated on a gentle slope with a north – northwest exposure. The blend is 55% Grenache, 30% Mourvedre, and 15% Cinsault. This Rosé is vinified by direct press, the must is chilled, ten and ferments until completely dry. The wine is bottled during the first three months of the following year following a light filtration.