2015 Château de Pibarnon Bandol Rosé

SKU #1266546 92 points Vinous

 Vivid orange-pink. Displays vibrant, sharply focused scents of fresh red berries, blood orange and pungent flowers, joined in the glass by a mineral nuance. Silky and dry in the mouth, offering energetic strawberry and orange zest flavors that flesh out slowly with air. Shows excellent clarity and stony cut on the finish and leaves suggestions of berry skin and honeysuckle behind. (JR)  (6/2016)

92 points Wine Spectator

 Shows range to the blood orange, peach pit, white raspberry and white cherry fruit flavors, gilded with notes of sandalwood and savory through the finish. Sneakily long, offering underlying minerality. (JM, Web-2016)

K&L Notes

Chateau de Pibarnon is an extraordinary terroir seated some 300 meters above the village of Cadière d'Azur in a natural amphitheater. The soil is high in calcair (limestone) and loaded with microfossils making it distinctively unique from its neighbors. The magic of this site provides a balance of warmth in the day and cooling nights. Mourvedre, the primary grape of the region, is said to "need its feet in the water and its head in the sun." Just a few hundred meters from the Mediterranean and with a sunny exposition, Pibarnon's vineyards couldn't be better situated. In 2000, Eric de Saint-Victor took over the running of the estate after spending a decade under the watchful eye of his father. Since then, the winery has become one of the benchmarks from Bandol alongside other greats like Tempier and Terrebrune. The 2015 rose is composed of 65% Mourvedre and 35% Cinsault. The Cinsault is direct pressed and the Mourvedre is saignee and pressed to create more weight and structure in the wine. Like most Bandol rose, this is both powerful and elegant. The Pibarnon is an ideal rose to drink late in the season or over the next year or two as it continues to evolve.

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Staff Image By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/1/2016 | Send Email
Provencal and Tavel rose can be quite special but Bandol rose is truly the pinnacle of rose production in my book. The 2015 Pibarnon rose is sumptuous with fruit notes. Nectarine, blood orange, casaba melon stand out alongside a citrus backbone and light aromas of fennel. Such depth on the palate, there is intensity that will allow for some cellaring but what a plush pleasure to drink now and well into next year's rose season. Not a lot of this wine available, so stock up now.

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