Chateau Pibarnon Bandol Rose 2017
Not Vintage Specific
Item Number: 28665
Vinous Media 93
"Light orange-pink. Vibrant and sharply focused on the nose, displaying intense tangerine, white peach and strawberry scents complicated by suave floral and mineral flourishes. Shows impressive clarity and stony cut to the juicy citrus and red fruit flavors, which deepen steadily on the back half. The floral note comes back strong on a very long, penetrating finish that shows highly appealing silkiness and stony lift. -- Josh Raynolds"
60% Mourvèdre, 40% Cinsault
The terraced vineyard faces the sea on the top of a hill that reaches 300m, forming a great natural south-east-facing bowl.
The soil is made of clay, limestone and white chalk.
Cinsault is free run juice - Mourvèdre is "saigné" (hour of skin contact).
The blend of both juices is fermented at low temperatures (22 °C) slowly for 20 days.
Aged in tank for 6 months
Since purchasing the estate in 1975, Comte Henri de Saint-Victor and his son Eric have been producing some of the most seductively aromatic and nobly structured wines in all of Southern France. Perched atop the highest and northernmost part of the appellation, the Château commands sweeping vistas of the amphitheater of vines and the Mediterranean Sea.
The restanques, or terraces were carved into the hill to minimize erosion and maximize water absorption, which is of the utmost importance in a hot, dry terroir such as this one. The soil at Château de Pibarnon is unique, differing from that of its neighbors further down the slope. As a result of a geological anomaly purported to have taken place at the end of the Mesozoic Era, Pibarnon’s soils contain large quantities of blue marl and limestone, as well as fossil material which is 150 million years older than that found in other parts of the appellation. The dearth of nutrition provided by these stony, fossil-studded soils ensures that the vines achieve maximum vigor through their daily struggle to survive.
While Pibarnon’s flagship cuvée is a classic vin de garde which can take as many as ten years to begin to show all its glory, ‘Les Restanques’, made with 70% Mourvèdre and 30% Grenache, is styled for a lush texture and more immediate approachability. Not to be missed are the Bandol Rosé and rare Blanc which are also considered benchmarks for quality.
Farming Practice:Practicing Organic
Flavour that sets it apart from the rosé crowd.
Posted by Robert on 6/27/18 [Verified]
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