2012 La Bastide Blanche Bandol Rose
Producer: La Bastide Blanche
Grape Type: Mourvedre
91 Points | International Wine Cellar , July 2013
(a blend based on 75% mourvedre, with cinsault and grenache): Bright orange-pink. Displays mineral-accented aromas of strawberry, nectarine and pink grapefruit, along with a dusty mineral overtone and a hint of pungent herbs. Dry and precise in the mouth, offering tangy citrus zest flavors and deeper red berry qualities. The mineral quality adds lift and bite to the finish, which shows excellent clarity and spicy persistence.
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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