89 Points | International Wine Cellar , June 2008
($42) Light copper-pink. Smoky redcurrant and strawberry on the nose, with a light kiss of pungent herbs. Lightly chewy red berry and bitter cherry flavors gain depth and power with air, picking up a subtle anise quality. Pretty and understated for a pink Bandol, with sneaky finishing persistence and good bitter grip. (Maisons Marques & Domaines, Oakland, CA)
86 Points | Wine Spectator
90 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
Provence, which stretches from Nîmes to Nice, is best known as a bottomless source of pink wine. But across the region, numerous Provence appellations produce highly distinctive red wines that express multiple variations on a ripe, Southern theme; the most famous appellation is Bandol, which is noted for powerful game- and earth-scented red wines based on the sturdy, late-ripening Mourvedre grape.
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A sparsely planted variety found predominantly in the southern Rhone, Provence, and elsewhere near the Mediterranean coast, Mourvedre is best known for its place in powerful game and earth-scented reds. One is mostly likely to encounter the grape in wines from the southern Rhone. Here, Mourvedre takes its place blended with...
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