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Chateau Pibarnon Bandol Rose 2018
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Vinous Media 92
"Glistening orange. Pungent cherry, blood orange and floral scents, along with suggestions of succulent herbs and chalky minerals. Weighty red berry, citrus fruit and candied lavender flavors show sharp delineation and pick up a deeper peach note with aeration. Silky and broad on the impressively long finish, which leaves a refreshingly bitter orange pith note behind.
-- Josh Raynolds"

Wine Spectator 91
"Nicely defined, with blood orange, wet stone and herb notes, backed by juicy acidity. ... read more
This is a pinkblush wine
Item ID: #33722
Shelf at store:61e
Size: 750mL (wine)

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Vinous Media 92
"Glistening orange. Pungent cherry, blood orange and floral scents, along with suggestions of succulent herbs and chalky minerals. Weighty red berry, citrus fruit and candied lavender flavors show sharp delineation and pick up a deeper peach note with aeration. Silky and broad on the impressively long finish, which leaves a refreshingly bitter orange pith note behind.
-- Josh Raynolds"

Wine Spectator 91
"Nicely defined, with blood orange, wet stone and herb notes, backed by juicy acidity. Floral, peach and spice details add complexity through the long, focused finish. Drink now through 2020. 8,000 cases made, 2,500 cases imported. From France.—Gillian Sciaretta"

The Wine
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

The Estate
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

Chateau Pibarnon

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Chateau PibarnonSince 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: Certified Organic

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