Domaine de Terrebrune Bandol Provence Rosé 2017

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Wine Spectator – "Mature, with the extra year of age lending a broad, creamy feel to the mix of orange, peach, mango and papaya flavors. Reveals a light echo of wet stone at the very end. Mourvèdre, Grenache and Cinsault. Drink now. 2,260 cases imported." – JM (Jun 30, 2018)


Antonio Galloni/Vinous – "Limpid orange. Mineral-accented red berries and tangerine on the incisive nose, backed by a suave floral nuance. Densely packed yet lively on the palate, offering refreshingly bitter red currant and blood orange flavors that spread out slowly on the back half. Finishes with bright minerally cut and excellent persistence, leaving a suggestion of honeysuckle behind." - Josh Raynolds (Jun 2018)

About This Wine

Organic viticulture with absolutely no chemical herbicides, pesticides, or fertilizers, soil is worked regularly by plow and hand-hoes, buds are trimmed and a green harvest is practice to purposefully limit yields; the average yield is between 35-38 hl/ha, all grapes are harvested by hand, and selection takes place in the vineyards instead of on a sorting table, grapes are de-stemmed and then pressed gently by pneumatic press. Only indigenous yeasts are used, wines ferment in underground, temperature-controlled, gravity-fed cuves, all wines are unfined and unfiltered. Slow fermentations at low temperatures. Wine goes through malolactic fermentation. Ages for 6-8 months in barrel before bottling. Unusually for a rose, this wine can age for up to 20 years.

Notes from the Winemaker:

Pale salmon-flesh color; delicate aromazest of red grapefruit and lemon; exotic, spicy character.Great plenitude of flavors including passion fruit, and a beautiful minerally freshness which comes from the limestone soil. ORGANIC

• Slow fermentations at low temperatures
• Wine goes through malolactic fermentation
• Ages for 6-8 months in barrel before bottling
• Wine can age for up to 20 years
• Rosé made 50% by saignée and 50% by direct press

Grape Varieties: 50% Mourvèdre, 25% Grenache, 25% Cinsault 
Vine Age: 10 years average 
Soil: Limestone pebbles in brown clay, blue limestone bedrock, marl

The 2017 will be released in August 2018. Place your orders now to secure supply.

Type Rosé Wine
Varietal(s) Mourvèdre Grenache Cinsault
Country France
Region Provence
Appellation Bandol
Brand Domaine de Terrebrune
Vintage 2017

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.

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