Chateau de Pibarnon, Bandol Rose 2021Regular price $39.00 Save $-39.00
Variety: Mourvèdre and Cinsault
There are just a handful of producers in Bandol that have stood the test of time with benchmark quality. Eric de Saint-Victoire has been making quality wines since 1975 at his domain in the highest altitude in the appellation. The vines create an amphitheater perched above the Mediterranean Sea. The entire range of his wines are considered “vin de garde,” or wines to age, including the rose wines. Even though the soils are poor blue marl and limestone, the vines are challenged to yield complex wines.
This rose made from both Mourvedre and Cinsault makes for a dry, savory, and textured wine that will age easily for a couple years. It’s aged just in steel to retain all the freshness of the fruit and minerality. This bottle needs other Provencal cuisine like olives, bouillabaisse, and ratatouille.
Domaine Gros' du Nore, Bandol Rose 2021Regular price $38.00 Save $-38.00
Varieties: Mourvèdre, Cinsault, and Grenache
Honoré is the patriarch for which this domain derived its name. He and his son, Alain Pascal are both herculean in size and strength, though with a tenderness that comes through in the wines. The quality of their Bandol fruit remains exceptional, though they sold most of their fruit to other great producers like Domaine Ott and Chateau de Pibarnon. It wasn’t until the death of Honoré that Alain made the jump to begin Domaine du Gros ‘Noré, farming sixteen hectares with his brother, Guy. Alain distinguishes himself from other producers with his decision to use 80% Mourvèdre in his blend when wine law dictates he uses at least 50%. He chooses to let the grapes ripen fully on the vines allowing for fully concentrated wine with character and finesse.
Many liken Bandol to be the greatest place in the world for rosé production. It's also classified as the “Grand Cru” of Bandol; this rosé is no exception. Led by the great Mourvèdre, these 30 year old vines transition into a rosé that will age well after a few years.
Saint-Michel d'Esclans, Cotes de Provence Rose 2020Regular price $20.00 Save $-20.00
Variety: Cinsault, Grenache, Mourvedre, Syrah
The land of Château d’Esclans dates back about 2500 years due to its significant coastal position. Winemaking began in the middle of the 19th century. After this, the estate changed ownership multiple times, though consistently making the iconic dry rose wines the Cotes de Provence is known for. There are 345 acres of vineyards devoted mostly to old vine Grenache followed by Cinsault and Merlot.
This rose is done in the traditional Provencal style; verging on full-bodied, mineral-driven, textural, and dry with the right amount of tart fruits. The wine is vinified in both larger barrels and stainless steel.
Grand Cros, "Esprit" Rose 2021Regular price $20.00 Save $-20.00
Variety: Grenache, Syrah, and Cinsault
The lure of Provence –the colors, the sights, the sounds, the smells, what’s not to love? Certainly Canadians Jane and Hugh Faulkner couldn’t find an answer to that,
purchasing and beginning restorations of Le Grand Cros in 1989. They were joined in 1999 by son Julian, who continued upgrades, this time focusing on the vineyards and winery. Their aim is to blend science and art, balancing the latest technologies with respect for the natural setting. From this thinking comes a lineup of rosés.
Flavors are abound in this fresh and herbal spirit of Provence. L’esprit means the “mind or wit” of Domaine Grand Cros. This bottle is a blend of mostly Grenache, Cinsault, and Syrah.