Domaine de Terrebrune Bandol Rose 2011
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International Wine Cellar 92
"(50% mourvedre, 25% cinsault and 25% grenache): Light orange-pink. Spicy, floral-accented aromas of red berries, peach, honey and anise. Juicy, penetrating pit and citrus fruit flavors show impressive clarity and pick up a strawberry quality with air. Notes of candied flowers and orange zest carry through a long, sappy, strikingly perfumed finish."~JR

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"Pale amber orange in color with a golden hue and golden edge, this wine has deep floral ... read more
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Item ID: #12147
Size: 750mL (wine)
Closure: Cork

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International Wine Cellar 92
"(50% mourvedre, 25% cinsault and 25% grenache): Light orange-pink. Spicy, floral-accented aromas of red berries, peach, honey and anise. Juicy, penetrating pit and citrus fruit flavors show impressive clarity and pick up a strawberry quality with air. Notes of candied flowers and orange zest carry through a long, sappy, strikingly perfumed finish."~JR

Underground Wine Letter 4 Stars
"Pale amber orange in color with a golden hue and golden edge, this wine has deep floral perfume with hints of mint and apricot and a touch of citrus and spice. It is very pure and elegant with great finesse and flavor and is rounded and lush with a lovely underlying crispness. The flavors are refined and expressive showing hints of peach and apricot with faint floral nuances and a touch of citrus and spice. With impressive length, this is a really marvelous Bandol rosé – Exceptional. Best Buy."

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Domaine de TerrebruneBefore 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!

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