2012 Domaine de la Tour du Bon Bandol Rose
Producer: Domaine de la Tour du Bon
Grape Type: Mourvedre
92 Points | International Wine Cellar , July 2013
Pale orange. Intensely fragrant nose offers an array of red berry, Asian spice, herb and floral scents. Sappy raspberry and blood orange flavors offer both depth and energy, with a mineral note adding lift. The spice and floral notes build on the long, juicy, clinging finish.
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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