2009 Domaine du Gros Noré Bandol Rosé

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91 points Wine Spectator: "Full, ripe and creamy rosé, with lush and alluring fruit flavors of raspberry, cherry and plum. Long finish of white chocolate and spice, with hints of pepper. Drink now through 2013." (June 2, 2010 - Spectator Insider) 13.5%

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Staff Image By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/16/2010 | Send Email
A Bandol Rose is summer in a bottle to me. The Gros Nore has the lavender and spice that sets this little region apart from all others in the world of pink wine. It is delicate and light yet still full of flavor and character, and like many other great delicacies, easier to drink than to describe. Treat yourself to some of this special Bandol rose, before the staff here at K&L hogs it all!

Staff Image By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/16/2010 | Send Email
Classic onion skin Bandol rose color. The aromas and flavors show pitted stone fruits; they seem to suggest white wine to me more than rose, not totally atypical for rosé. The palate impression is similar, but with the type of intensity, length, and mineral bite on the finish that makes Bandol rosés the wines they are: seriously good pink. Drink this with some charcuterie or veges and garlicky aioli for a taste of the southern French life....

Staff Image By: Steve Greer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/9/2010 | Send Email
Bandol Rose for under $30 and this property has a story. The son took over for his father and instead of selling his grapes he started make his wines in 1997. The wine has a beautiful strawberry nose with an herbal note in the back. Nice crisp mouth feel with a rich middle with more redfruit, lots of herbaciousness and a mineral undertone. I really like how mourvèdre shows in rose and now it is a bit more affordable.

Staff Image By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/3/2010 | Send Email
With the Bandol rosés now hitting the shelves, it is time to get serious about rosé season. The Gros Noré is one of the most serious and is easily the most attractive and appealing of the bunch. It has wonderful aromatics of cherries, raspberries, and wet stones. There is a succulent minerality, a broad and rich mouthfeel and an appealingly long finish for a wine of this type. With Tempier (the leader in Bandol rosé) hitting the mid-30s pricewise this hits that mark with just as much precision. There is a finite supply for the season, so stock up. I will.

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Alcohol Content (%): 13.5