2018 Domaine Tempier Bandol Rose

Year: 2018
Appellation: Bandol
Country: France
Wine Advocate: 89-92
Vinous Media: 93
Rose Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 12.5%
Price :
$41.95

"Still in tank at the end of February, Tempier's 2018 Bandol Rose marks another successful vintage for this consistent standout. It's light to medium-bodied, not overly ripe or rich, but all about balance and refreshment. Tangerine and melon aromas and flavors hit all the right notes, lingering on the already elegant finish." (WA)

"Shimmering orange. Fresh pit fruit, red berry and floral qualities on the highly perfumed nose, along with suggestions of dusty minerals and orange zest. Juicy, focused and lithe on the palate, offering intense nectarine, red currant, strawberry and candied lavender flavors supported by a spine of juicy acidity. Shows outstanding clarity and mineral cut on a very long, sappy finish that strongly echoes the floral and pit fruit notes." (VM)

Winery Notes:
GRAPE VARIETIES:
Mourvèdre (50 %), Grenache (28%), Cinsault (20%), Carignan (2%)

SOIL:
Grapes grown at various vineyards of the Domaine with more or less sun exposure. Mix of clay and limestone.

CULTIVATION:
Traditionally tilled soil (both mechanically and by hand) without the use of herbicides. The vines are treated without any chemical fungicides.

HARVEST:
The grapes are harvested by hand and carried in small bins (30 kg). Clusters are hand-s selected in the vineyard and in the cellar.

VINIFICATION:
By pressing : directly or after skin cold maceration (12° C) or by saignées (between 5 and 10 %).

TASTING:
Crystal clear with salmon pink color that goes well with many kinds of food especially provençal food. Served at around 11°C.