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2021 Bandol Rosé HALF BOTTLE

Domaine de Terrebrune

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Selecting a bottle of Bandol rosé from one of our four growers—Terrebrune, Gros ’Noré, La Tour du Bon, and Tempier—is akin to choosing a Morgon to drink from the Gang of Four. While each will satisfy your hankering for a Provençal excursion, no two will take you on the same journey. Reynald Delille’s distinctly mineral rosé, from the iron-rich, terra-cotta soils of Ollioules, is one of the most vinous vins rosés we import, evoking the serious focus and steady hand of the winemaker himself.

Jane Augustine


Technical Information
Wine Type: Rosé
Vintage: 2021
Bottle Size: 375mL
Blend: 50% Mourvèdre, 25% Grenache, 25% Cinsault
Appellation: Provence
Country: France
Region: Provence
Producer: Domaine de Terrebrune
Soil: Limestone pebbles in brown clay, blue limestone bedrock, marl
Aging: Ages for 6-8 months in barrel before bottling
Farming: Organic (certified)
Alcohol: 13%

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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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