Château de Pibarnon Bandol Rosé 2018
A full-bodied dry rosé wine that captures the true essence of Provence, and the great region of Bandol. The licorice and berry intensity of Mourvèdre with a touch of silk from Cinsault balance each other beautifully. This has complex fruity, floral and licorice notes in the nose along with citrus fruit, particularly pink grapefruit with its delicate aromas. The palate is rich and silky, with a refreshing, magnificent finish. This is a wine of good structure, texture and body. When you hear people talk of "serious" rosé, they're talking about this wine which ages very well, and is even better after 2-4 years from the vintage.
Château de Pibarnon sets the standard for greatness not only in Bandol but also up against other great wines around the world. Like the finest wines, Pibarnon Bandol grows ever more elegant and supple with time; its depth and complexity is a singular, captivating experience. With its perch at the highest point in the appellation, its impeccable terroir and unforgettable amphitheatre of vines, Pibarnon unquestionably crafts the finest Mourvèdre-based wines in Bandol. This breathtaking yet rugged region is exceptionally suited to showcasing the power and beauty of this southern red grape.
Catherine and Henri de Saint Victor purchased Pibarnon in the late 1970s. Recognizing the region’s potential, the visionary couple worked tirelessly for some 30 years, landscaping and crafting wines that kept getting better and better. By the 1990s, Pibarnon was making the region’s top reds, a status today maintained under their son, Eric de Saint Victor, whose late father Henri passed away in 2013.
|Region||France, Provence, Bandol|
|Brand||Château de Pibarnon|
Wine AdvocateUnfortunately, the sample of the 2017 Nuance Rose was corked, but the 2018 Bandol Rose is a solid representative of the appellation. At 65% Mourvèdre and 35% Cinsault, it eschews the rich fruit of Grenache in favor of citrusy power. Lime notes define this medium-bodied wine, showing ample intensity and persistence, even if they lack a bit of-dare I say it?-nuance.