Château De Pibarnon Bandol Rosé 2017
One of the benchmark rosés of France, this wine never misses a beat. Yet even in that context the 2017 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.
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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. 92 points, Josh Reynolds, vinousmedia.com, June 2016
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.” 93 points, Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast
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.” 91 points, Josh Raynolds, Vinous
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