2018 Domaine Terrebrune Bandol Rose

Year: 2018
Appellation: Bandol
Country: France
Wine Advocate: 89+
Vinous Media: 92
Rose Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.0%
Price :
$26.95

60% Mourvèdre, 20% Grenache, 20% Cinsault

"A blend of 60% Mourvèdre, 20% Cinsault and 20% Grenache, the 2018 Bandol Rose is crisp, tight and ungenerous at this stage, but it could open up nicely and surprise over the next couple of years. It's medium-bodied but lean, with notes of white chocolate, lime and melon that need a bit of time in the bottle to come together." (WA)

"Glistening orange. Powerful, mineral-accented citrus fruit, red berry and succulent herb scents, along with a suave floral nuance. Chewy and sharply focused on the palate, offering concentrated strawberry, cherry, blood orange and smoky mineral qualities and deeper suggestions of peach pit and fennel. Delivers a solid punch of flavor but comes off lithe, the mineral and floral elements carrying through the very long, precise finish." (VM)

Winery Notes:
Rosé with a golden glow to the salmony color—very pretty indeed. The aroma is complex and changing in the glass, but is (and long will be) marked by a chalky minerality, bright freshness, and ravishing rose petal and citrus notes.

Before acquiring vineyards, Georges Delille trained as a sommelier in Paris. In 1963, he bought what would become Domaine de Terrebrune, a property in Ollioules, just east of Bandol, framed by the Mediterranean and the mountain called Gros-Cerveau (Big Brain), dotted with olive groves and scenic views—an idyllic spot. During the years following the declaration of A.O.C. Bandol (1941), mass overhauling and reconstruction of vineyards were commonplace, and vignerons were eager to revive the noble Mourvèdre grape. Georges spent ten years just renovating the property; he terraced hillsides, refashioned the masonry, replanted vineyards following the advice of Lucien Peyraud, designated soils to lie dormant and regenerate, and built a new cellar. In 1980, his son Reynald joined him after finishing winemaking school, and together they launched their first bottled vintage of Domaine de Terrebrune, which Reynald named in honor of the rich, brown soils they farm.

Reynald’s Bandols are different. There is a more ethereal quality to them, a real freshness—and with Mourvèdre accounting for 85% of the final assemblage, this is praise indeed. Soil, climate, and winemaking all play a role. Limestone dominates the subsoil of Bandol, with tremendous variation between vineyards. Throughout Terrebrune’s thirty hectares, beneath the layers of clay and earth, the blue, fissured, Trias limestone is silently at work. This bedrock lends a more noticeable minerality to the wine than others. The soil here is healthy and full of nutrients, because he adheres to organic farming practices; to achieve the balance in the vineyards, he plows regularly. Gentle maritime breezes funnel air into the vineyards directly from the Mediterranean, cooling the grapes from the bright sun—another factor in safeguarding the freshness. This, in turn translates to wines for great long-term cellaring, including the rosé and dry white. Reynald’s credo of “Philosophy, Rigor, and Respect” is not a catch-phrase. He believes that the hard work and extra attention to the vines is worth it, and, as they say, the proof’s in the pudding—a glass of Terrebrune!