2007 Bandol Rosé Domaine Tempier

SKU #1038700

Some people think $140,000 is a ridiculous sum to pay for a car. But if Porsche is your passion, and you've studied the engineering and performance of the new Turbo coupe, that price seems more than fair. Others think a pound of fish at $29.99 is obscene, but for those who know of Copper River Salmon's paltry one-month-long availability, and its reputation as the tastiest, richest fish in North America, why not enjoy the delicacy when you can? Well, for rosé fanatics and fans of exceptional wines of all types, there may be no better pink tipple the world over than this: Bandol rosé from the star of the appellation, Domaine Tempier. This is not a quaffer, mind you. But a rich, mouth filling, full bodied and broad rosé, dry in the extreme, with a pinky/orange color and a subtleness not found in many southern French wines. It speaks of woodland strawberries, sure, but also of spice, garrigue, rosemary and thyme and a hint of black olives. And when matched with Provencal food, fish or chicken, tomatoes, garlic, olives and aioli, it is completely mind blowing and well worth its not inconsequential price tag. 11-14% abv.

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Price: $37.99

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France

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Provence

- Provence encompasses the southeastern portion of France that borders the Mediterranean. The largest appellation in the region is the Cotes de Provence that spans 49,600 acres of land in and around Marseilles. Thirteen different varietals are grown in this appellation with the most important grapes being Carignan, Cinsault, Grenache, and Mouvedre. While much of the production is dry rose, there are many more serious wines being made from the area. Some of the most important smaller appellations within Provence include Bandol, Coteaux d'Aix-en-Provence, and Coteaux Varois.