La Bastide Blanche Bandol Rosé 2020

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About This Wine

Provençal rosés are often touted as being the best in the world, and the Bandol region produces wines possessing power and depth of flavor, while holding it all together elegantly. Bandol is unique in France in that it is the only area in which the mourvèdre grape must be dominant (at least 50%).

The region is ideal for this sometimes difficult-to-mature grape. The warm summer days and stony soils are the perfect marriage for the heat-loving grape, allowing it to fully mature before harvest. While the area is quite warm, cooling breezes and humidity from the ocean help regulate climate.

La Bastide Blanche is a great example of the quality found in this region, and is the work of Michel & Louis Bronzo, who purchased this property in the early 1970s with their father, Baptistin. This organic blend of mourvèdre, cinsault, grenache, and clairette from clay-limestone soils is elegant, juicy and structured. Complex notes of strawberry and tangerine zest mingle with herbes-de-Provence, tarragon, and white pepper on a mineral-driven frame. A wonderful match with food! Organically grown.

Type Rosé Wine
Varietal(s) Mourvedre Grenache Cinsault Clairette
Country France
Region Provence
Appellation Bandol
Brand Bastide Blanche
Vintage 2020

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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