Due to logistical factors beyond our control, our 2020 rosés have taken a bit longer than usual to trickle in from overseas. But patience has paid off, and we now enjoy an embarrassment of riches in our warehouse: rosés from all four Bandol domaines we import are currently in stock! Based on differences in each one’s location within the appellation, preferred blend, and stylistic choices by the winemaker, these rosés offer four distinct interpretations of Provence’s most prestigious appellation. The question of which Bandol deserves the crown in a given vintage is hotly debated by our staff each year, but why choose one when all four have something unique to offer?
At La Tour du Bon, Agnès Henry farms rocky, limestone-rich soils in one of the hottest parts of the Bandol AOC, largely cut off from the Mediterranean’s cooling breezes. To combat the heat, she harvests early to capture the zesty side of Mourvèdre, Grenache, and Cinsault, while a dollop of Clairette in the blend adds aromatics and roundness. Dominated by lively citrus, this is the most delicate rosé of the four. Alain Pascal uses fruit from hillside vineyards on clay soils near La Cadière d'Azur to make his rosé at Gros 'Noré. His judicious touch in the cellar ensures it stays light on its feet, while still carrying a nice fleshiness typical of wines from this terroir. The nose of just-picked summer fruits and wild herbs is quintessentially Provençal. Terrebrune sits in a unique subzone of the Bandol AOC, directly in the path of cooling sea breezes coming off the Bay of Sanary. Coupled with the Triassic limestone soils that allows vine roots to reach deep for freshness, it yields a sleek and subtly perfumed Bandol rosé with great finesse and a characteristic saline finish that is quite mouth-watering. It will improve for the next several months and drink well for many years beyond that. Tempier’s rosé is produced from low-lying vines in clay soils around the winery along with higher, cooler parcels on marl in the lieu-dit La Laidière. Having undergone partial malolactic fermentation, it is deep and vinous, combining great elegance with power and density. Featuring notes of citrus zest, rhubarb, and Provençal herbs, this is a complete rosé that is both thirst-quenching and complex, delicious already and capable of further aging.
Few wines pair better with grilled foods than a savory, smoky expression of Syrah. Additionally, its characteristic spice and assertive flavor make it a great partner to many dishes in Indian, Pakistani, Persian, North African, and eastern Mediterranean cuisines, without forgetting its affinity to rustic French cooking.
Many of our best values, all in one place for your browsing pleasure: bargain whites, rosés, reds, and even a couple of sparklers, made by real people and reefer-shipped so they arrive in your hands in nothing less than perfect condition.
Her wonderfully complex terroir of schist, granite, and galets roulés (alluvial riverbed stones) produces some of the most ethereal rosés you’ll ever taste. And the olive oil—well, it isn’t easy for us to get as excited about olive oil as about wine, but when you taste these, you’ll understand why they have become Corsica’s pride and joy.
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