Bastide Bandol Blanche Rosé

by Russ Anderson on June 14, 2018

Each year it seems as if this rosé cannot arrive soon enough only to pass through the store equally quickly. It has been a perennial favorite at home and in the store since we opened our doors. As you explore rosé you learn that they are not all simply “pink wine.” There is a range of styles that includes crisp mineral summer sippers, light bubbly treats and also wines of more body and substance. Bandol is one of the better known regions for Rosé and a great source for fuller bodied wines.

The wine is made primarily from Mourvedre with Cinsault and Grenache. The Mourvedre is direct pressed while the Cinsault and Grenache undergo 24 hours of skin contact to bring a deeper color. This is a complex, perfectly balanced wine, with lovely aromas of raspberry, peach, blood orange, rose petal and garrique herbs. The palate is dense with cherry and raspberry fruit, citrus and stone flavors, ripe and full with a bright balancing acidity that makes it pair well with tomato dishes.

It’s remarkable how rich this wine can be and while delicious now, just decant or open an hour in advance, the wine will also improve over the next few years. So buy 6 to have some now and save some for later. Delicious with grilled tuna, Salade Nicoise, pork and chicken, of course, and mild cheeses but perfect with bouillabaisse or another tomato fish stew. For a local pairing, it is delicious with a tomato pie. This year it is $23 a bottle, 5% off by the 6 pack, 12% by the case.

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