2015 Chateau de la Noblesse Bandol Rosé

SKU #1265332

Agnes and Henri Gaussen cultivate the vineyard of Château de la Noblesse, which has been in their family for generations. The wine is a blend of 50% Mourvedre, 25% Grenache and 25% Cinsault. The Noblesse Rosé was recently featured in the Forbes Top Twenty Rosés for the 2016 summer season: "This is about as good as it gets in Provence rosé...well almost as good as it gets, and certainly as good as it gets for the money. With its intense purity, its ripe, tangy fruit - thinking melon with a tinge of grapefruit here - and mineral-layered complexity it shows there’s little reason to pay more. Bandol is renowned for its polished, complex reds from the Mourvèdre grape, but some of it is allowed - rather grudgingly, I suspect as it fetches a lot less - to make its way into rosé, and I am glad it does as it brings an intense purity, a seriousness, one doesn’t find anywhere else." (Nick Passmore, May 2016)

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By: Mellyn Craig | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/3/2016 | Send Email
This Bandol Rose’ from Chateau de la Noblesse is delicious! This wine is clean, complex, and elegant. The purity of fruit of strawberries and tangerine zest compliment the dry mineral notes and lively acid. This wine will go great with lighter foods and also delicious on its own. Stock up on this. You won’t be sorry!

By: Shaun Green | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/3/2016 | Send Email
Wonderfully complex and impressive, this is for the serious Rose lover. Dry lovely strawberry fruit with an orange edge, elegant spice and a nice long finish. Serious enough to pair with a lot of summer fare, but still friendly enough for sipping on its own. Keith brought this one in direct and it's easy to see why.

By: Sal Rodriguez | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/3/2016 | Send Email
Although not the least expensive rose K&L carries, it still represents one of the best values we have in house. The fruit and minerality come through spectacularly -add the fine tannins and you have a wonderfully balanced wine! Probably at the top of my "rose favorites" list this entire summer!! THUMBS UP!

By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/2/2016 | Send Email
This is like a trip to Sainte Tropez in a bottle and I am so pleased to have such a great Bandol Rose in stock at such a good price! Thanks so much to Mr. Keith Mabry for scouring Provence and to the strength of the dollar... This has all of the expensive aroma, flavor and texture that one would expect on the finest terrace of the Riviera. I love the perfect strawberry fruit and the dry, long, focused finish.

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Varietal:

Mourvedre

- Also called Monastrell and Mataro, Mourvèdre is most famous for the ruby-hued wines of Provence's Bandol region, known for their spicy, gamey, blackberry character, though the grape is grown throughout Provence and the Southern Rhône. Thought to have originated in Spain, it is second only to Grenache in vine acres, with the best examples found in Rioja, Alicante and Penedès.
Country:

France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of 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.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.5