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2021 Bandol Rosé

Domaine de la Tour du Bon
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Pour yourself a glass of vigneronne Agnès Henry’s rosé to experience the delicate side of Bandol—a delightful contrast to the more structured, powerful rosés from the likes of Tempier or Gros ’Noré. Gentle and full of charm, it offers notes of clementine, white peach, and lavender. Perfect with a grapefruit and chicory salad, it works equally well with my favorite summer dish, sliced heirloom tomatoes topped with buffalo mozzarella and abundant sweet basil. If you manage not to drink it all in one sitting, it gets better on day two.

Anthony Lynch


Technical Information
Wine Type: Rosé
Vintage: 2021
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: 50% Mourvèdre, 32% Cinsault, 10% Grenache, 8% Clairette
Appellation: Bandol
Country: France
Region: Provence
Producer: Domaine de la Tour du Bon
Winemaker: Agnès Henry
Vineyard: 38 year average
Soil: Clay, Limestone, Silt, Sandstone
Aging: Vinification occurs in stainless steel cuve, Rosé does not go through malolactic fermentation
Farming: Organic (practicing)
Alcohol: 12.5%

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About The Region

Provence

map of Provence

Perhaps there is no region more closely aligned with the history to Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant than Provence. Provence is where Richard Olney, an American ex-pat and friend of Alice Waters, lived, and introduced Kermit to the great producers of Provence, most importantly Domaine Tempier of Bandol. Kermit also spends upwards of half his year at his home in a small town just outside of Bandol.

Vitis vinifera first arrived in France via Provence, landing in the modern day port city of Marseille in the 6th century BC. The influence of terroir on Provençal wines goes well beyond soil types. The herbs from the pervasive scrubland, often referred to as garrigue, as well as the mistral—a cold, drying wind from the northwest that helps keep the vines free of disease—play a significant role in the final quality of the grapes. Two more elements—the seemingly ever-present sun and cooling saline breezes from the Mediterranean—lend their hand in creating a long growing season that result in grapes that are ripe but with good acidity.

Rosé is arguably the most well known type of wine from Provence, but the red wines, particularly from Bandol, possess a great depth of character and ability to age. The white wines of Cassis and Bandol offer complexity and ideal pairings for the sea-influenced cuisine. Mourvèdre reigns king for red grapes, and similar to the Languedoc and Rhône, Grenache, Cinsault, Marsanne, Clairette, Rolle, Ugni Blanc among many other grape varieties are planted.

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Inspiring Thirst

A good doctor prescribed the wine of Nuits-Saint-Georges to the Sun King, Louis XIV, when he suffered an unknown maladie. When the king’s health was restored the tasty remedy enjoyed a vogue at court. Lord, send me a doctor like that!

Inspiring Thirst, page 117