2008 Domaine du Gros Nore Bandol Rose
Producer: Domaine du Gros Nore
Grape Type: Mourvedre
90 Points | International Wine Cellar , June 2009
($23) Bright orange-tinge pink. Peppery red berry and cherry aromas are underscored by salty minerals, herbs and white pepper. Juicy, finely etched red fruit flavors are deepened by a bitter cherry skin quality and lifted by dusty minerals. A note of anise comes up with air and carries through the long, spicy finish. Very nicely balanced and pure, with the depth to handle richer foods. (Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant, Berkeley, CA)
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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