2010 Chateau de Pibarnon Bandol Rose
Producer: Chateau de Pibarnon
Grape Type: Mourvedre
91 Points | International Wine Cellar , July 2011
Light, bright orange. Blood orange, cherry, herbal and floral aromas are underscored by a lively mineral quality. At once dense and fresh, offering potent red berry and bitter citrus flavors and a late note of tarragon. The floral and herbal notes carry through onto the long, sappy, focused finish. Packs a serious punch but carries no excess weight, which will make it very flexible at the table.
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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