Not all rosé is born equal.If you want the very best pale, savoury and refreshing rosé in the world, there is just one place to go - Bandol, 'The King of Rosé'.This famous French appellation's best is almost untouchable, with a rare delicacy and understated power found nowhere else. And wines like this Bastide de la Ciselette Lou Pigna showcase exactly what makes these wines great.Uniquely, Bandol rosé is based around Mourvedre, which gives the wines a certain beauty and fragrance, plus more tannin and structure, with the intensity to do something most other rosé can't achieve - age in the cellar.Sounds enticing, right?Well, the unfortunate reality of securing Bandol in Australia (in the past) has been the prohibitive cost. Most of the finest examples come in at somewhere closer to $50 or $60 a bottle.That is, until now, where we have landed this 2020 vintage of the Lou Pigna Bandol Rosé for an astonishing $25.99 a bottle - less than half the RRP.Dry, long, perfumed and seriously beautiful, this is what rosé is meant to be!
How's it taste?
Pale in colour with rosy reflections. The nose boasts an expressive bouquet with notes of tangy red fruits on a floral frame. The palate is both round and then chiseled, the wine expresses its floral notes interspersed with notes of strawberries. After a few minutes, we perceive notes of white flowers, very fine and complex acacia. Persistence in the mouth on exotic fruit.
How was it made?
Grape varieties: Grenache 45% Cinsault 31% Mourvèdre 24%Age of vines: 42 years old Terroir: Clay and limestoneVinification: Manual harvest. Arrived in the cellar, the grapes are worked at low temperature. Rapid pressing at low pressure then static settling for 36 hours. Alcoholic fermentation at controlled temperatures between 15 and 18 ° C for 15 days.Aging: 6 months in tank