Chateau de Pibarnon Bandol Rosé 2016
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Since purchasing this estate in Bandol in 1975, Comte Henri de Saint-Victor has been producing some of the most seductively aromatic and nobly structured wines in southern France. Perched atop La Colline du Télégraphe in the northernmost part of the appellation, the restanques, or terraces of vineyards were carved into the hill by the Saint-Victor family in an effort to minimize erosion and maximize water absorption, which is of the utmost importance in a hot, dry terroir such as this one. It is important to note that the soil at Château de Pibarnon is unique, differing even from that of its neighbors further down the slope. As a result of a geological anomaly purported to have taken place at the end of the Mesozoic Era, Pibarnon’s soils contain large quantities of blue marl and limestone, as well as fossil material which is 150 million years older than that found in other parts of Bandol.
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Wine Enthusiast"Cellar Selection" The wine is rich-a beautiful blend dominated by Bandol's own Mourvèdre. The grapes gives both structure and a perfumed character to this ripe full wine. With acidity and layers of red fruits, it is worth aging. Drink from 2018.
Vinous"Brilliant orange-pink. Mineral-tinged red berry, citrus fruit and lavender aromas are complemented by a deeper nectarine quality. Sappy and seamless on the palate, offering juicy pit fruit and red berry flavors and a hint of blood orange. Smooths out and expands on the long, focused finish, which leaves a suave floral note behind. -- Josh Raynolds"
Wine SpectatorRipe and juicy, with lots of inviting blood orange, cherry, white raspberry and peach fruit flavors. Has the density, zip and cut to stay fresh. A food rosé. Drink now. 8,000 cases made.