2012 Domaine du Gros Nore Bandol Rose
Producer: Domaine du Gros Nore
Grape Type: Mourvedre
91 Points | International Wine Cellar , July 2013
(40% mourvedre, 40% cinsault and 20% grenache): Light, bright orange. Complex aromas of dried red fruits, blood orange, potpourri and herbs, with a zesty mineral overtone. Dry and focused on the palate, offering vibrant strawberry and bitter citrus pith flavors. A juicy honeysuckle nuance comes up on the finish, which shows very good energy and persistence. This lively pink Bandol has the raciness to work with lighter foods but there's plenty of power here to handle strong cheeses or grilled and cured meats.
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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