Vinous Media 92
"Brilliant orange-pink. Intense, mineral-accented strawberry, cherry pit and blood orange aromas, along with a sexy floral overtone. Concentrated red fruit and lavender pastille flavors are supported by a spine of juicy acidity that adds definition and back-end cut. Closes very long and focused, featuring resonating minerality and a lingering floral quality."
"A smoking rosé that has fabulous flavor intensity and depth, Bastide Blanche's 2014 Bandol Rose (based largely on Mourvedre) sports a medium salmon color to go with mineral-laced notes of orange blossom, melon, cherry pit and spice. Medium+-bodied, rich, full and layered, with integrated acidity, it has terrific depth of fruit and serious length on the finish, all while staying perfectly balanced and easy drinking. This is a serious rosé that will have 2-3 years of prime drinking, and if you're so inclined, an interesting evolution beyond that as well. " ~ Winery notes
Domaine De La Bastide BlancheView all from Domaine De La Bastide Blanche
In the early '70s Michel and Louis Bronzo acquired the property of the Bastide Blanche, with an eye to produce from appellation Bandol wines the equal of more famous appellations like Châteauneuf. Their painstaking efforts were rewarded in 1993 when vintage conditions created the benchmark year to put Bandol in general and Bastide-Blanche, in particular, on the map of top producers in France. The proprietor of Bastide Blanche also owns Ch. de Castillon and Domaine Baumelles. All Bandol, all in the same close area to Bastide Blanche. He has pieced these properties together over time. He keeps the names separate as the terroirs are different and the wines have been sold under those names in France for a long time. Common each year to their success are their very low yields, never more than 34 or 35 Hl/Ha, and simply impeccable cellar conditions and attention. Situated in St. Anne de Castellet, a terroir of Bandol rich in limestone. This, and the high proportion of Mourvèdre gives this domaine some of the most ripe and expressive of Bandol.