2013 La Bastide Blanche Bandol Rose
Producer: La Bastide Blanche
Grape Type: Mourvedre
90 Points | International Wine Cellar , July 2014
(62% mourvedre, 18% cinsault, 16% grenache and 4% rolle): Light, bright orange. Musky, mineral-accented aromas of red berries, cherry pit and orange pith, with a subtle note of lavender emerging with aeration. Shows very good depth and energy, offering juicy red fruit flavors and a touch of bitter peach pit. Finishes supple and long, with building spiciness and an echo of candied flowers.
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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