Château De Pibarnon Bandol Rosé 2018

$74.99 per single bottle
Size: 750

About This Wine

One of the benchmark rosés of France, this wine never misses a beat. Yet even in that context the 2018 is something very special. The texture silky and round, yet the generosity is shot through with spicy, savoury freshness that reflects the cool, limestone soils and the altitude of the vines here. Expect a beautifully perfumed wine with all kinds of wild berry, stone fruit and floral aromas and flavours as well as crystalline hints of crushed limestone, fresh picked provençal herbs and star anise. Pulpy texture, intensity, freshness and savoury drive—don’t expect the bottle to last long! Buy what you can for drinking over summer.

Bandol is considered the King of rosé. From the highest vineyard in this tiny appellation, overlooking the pristine waters of the Côte d'Azur, comes this first amongst equals. Pibarnon's mature vines, unique limestone terroir, organic viticulture and natural yeast fermentation are only some of the elements that contribute to this Mourvèdre-based rosé's unusual depth, purity of fruit and lingering stoniness. An absolute benchmark.

Pibarnon's rosé has always been a distinctive Mourvèdre and Cinsault blend, though over the years the scales have been tilting more and more towards Mourvèdre, which now weighs in at a hefty 65%. The Cinsault component still has an important role to play in the blend (bringing elegance, perfume and balance), although we're delighted to see, and taste, even more of Mourvèdre's depth and spicy liquorice notes in the recent releases. The Cinsault grapes receive a careful pressing, while the Mourvèdre is bled saignée style and gets several hours of skin contact. Fermentation is with natural yeasts only and the wine is raised exclusively in tank.

Type Rosé Wine
Varietal(s) Mourvèdre Cinsault
Country France
Region Provence
Appellation Bandol
Brand Château de Pibarnon
Vintage 2018

Wines from Provence

In the South East of France, Provence can be considered the rosé capital of the world. Rosé from here is dry, refreshing, savoury and pale pink with a slight orange tint. The style is very different to those generally made in Australia.

The largest appellation here is Côtes de Provence, which accounts for nearly 75% of the total production of the Provence region and with rosé production making up 80% of that. The main grape varieties used include Carignan, Cinsaut, Grenache, Mourvèdre and Tibouren with an increase in the adoption of Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah in recent times.

The most prestigious appellation is Bandol. The vines in Bandol are planted on silicon and limestone soils which together with the warm, coastal climate is very suitable for the late ripening of the Mourvèdre grape. Wines coming out of Bandol must contain more than 50% Mourvèdre in the blend whether they are roses or reds. Reds from Bandol are just as noteworthy as their rosé counterparts. These wines are known to be powerful, spicy, structured, and age-worthy with critics such as Tom Stevenson considering these full flavoured reds to be some of the region’s best wines.


World Wine – Vivid orange-pink. Displays vibrant, sharply focused scents of fresh red berries, blood orange and pungent flowers, joined in the glass by a mineral nuance. Silky and dry in the mouth, offering energetic strawberry and orange zest flavors that flesh out slowly with air. Shows excellent clarity and stony cut on the finish and leaves suggestions of berry skin and honeysuckle behind.


Wine Enthusiast – “The wine is rich—a beautiful blend dominated by Bandol's own Mourvèdre. The grapes gives both structure and a perfumed character to this ripe full wine. With acidity and layers of red fruits, it is worth aging.”


Antonio Galloni/Vinous – “Brilliant orange-pink. Mineral-tinged red berry, citrus fruit and lavender aromas are complemented by a deeper nectarine quality. Sappy and seamless on the palate, offering juicy pit fruit and red berry flavors and a hint of blood orange. Smooths out and expands on the long, focused finish, which leaves a suave floral note behind.”

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