Over the years, French designer Pierre Yovanovitch has proven himself an innovating force in furniture design, interiors, and architecture; and now, just in time for the last few weeks of summer, Wallpaper’s 2019 Designer of the Year is lending his ingenious eye to rosé with his first wine bottle design.
The wine in question is La Bastide Peyrassol, a new vintage from the Province-based vineyard Commanderie de Peyrassol. The vineyard was founded by the Knights Templar in the 13th century and served as a popular resting place for pilgrims on their way to the Holy Land throughout the Middle Ages.
A bastide, or small town square, from that period still remains on the vineyard grounds and the tower at its centre was the central inspiration of Yovanovitch’s design.
The bottle’s elegant curves and conical top echo the shape of the tower, while the burnt-orange colour of its capsule is inspired by the structure’s glazed tiles. Embossed into the glass of the bottle is the iconic cross of the Knights Templar, under which is an asymmetrical label that recalls the playful shapes of Yovanovitch’s interior designs.
The wine itself is, literally, out of this world, having been harvested according to Commanderie de Peyrassol’s careful study of the affect different lunar phases had on the vineyard. Remarkably, they based what grapes would be harvested off of successive maturity checks, lunar cycle data, and knowledge of the effects of late-stage maturation on the flavours of the fruit.
The result is a rose bursting with all the sweetness of a red fruit at first sip that finishes off with a velvety lightness.
A homage to Provence
La Bastide Peyrassol is part of the Peyrassol brand’s mission to make rosés that are more reflective of the Provincial region; for them, and for Yovanovitch, this new wine is a homage to Provence.
In Yovanovitch’s words, ‘the bottle design reflects the architecture of the Commanderie de Peyrassol estate and serves as a homage to the natural tones and colors of the South of France. Light and airy both in aesthetic and taste, this rosé emulates its origins, and my own hometown, of Provence.’