2013 Domaine de la Bastide Blanche Bandol Rosé (Previously $23)

SKU #1152838

In the early ’70s Michel and Louis Bronzo acquired the property of the Bastide Blanche, with the goal of producing top Bandol wines to rival their more famous cousins in Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Their painstaking efforts were rewarded in 1993 when vintage conditions created the benchmark year that put both Bandol and Domaine de la Bastide-Blanche on the map. They always use a minimum of 75% Mourvedre for the reds and rosé, and yields are kept very low, never exceeding more than 35 hl/ha. This delightful rosé includes some Grenache and Cinsault along with the Mourvedre, and is unbeatable as an accompaniment to Provencal fare like stuffed zucchini and seafood soups. 13.5% abv. It's rare that even the best rosé wines rate above 89 points with the critics, but the 2012 was scored 91 by Tanzer, and also 91 by Jeb Dunnuck of Wine Advocate, who liked the past two successive vintages: "In the same mold, yet with a tad more flesh and texture, the 2012 Bandol Rose gives up notions of ripe peach, tangerine and saline-like minerality in its medium-bodied, supple and polished personality. I like the focus and precision in the 2011 a tad more, but this is still superb." (2/2014)

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