Barry’s Pick: 2017 Chateau de Pibarnon Bandol Rosé $32

Most rosés are meant to be drank within a year of their release. Here is one that actually benefits from some age. This is what people are referring to when they say ‘serious rosé.’ Heralding from the famous French region of Bandol, known for it’s Mourvedre based wines, this is one of the most respescted producers in the region.

Though not officially certified, they do practice Organic agriculture. The Mourvedre grape needs a long hang time to fully ripen and develop phenolic ripeness and the influence of the Mediterranean to the south and the fact that the estate is the highest elevation in the appellation keeps the temperature cool enough for the grapes to mature properly. The 30 to 50 year old vines are located on steep terrain and are therefore hand harvested.

The color of this rosé is peach with a fading rim. The nose is dominated by savory elements such as licorice, damp stones, white pepper and spice. Fruit flavors of musk melon and rhubarb also make an appearance. The wine is full bodied and tangy with a mouthfeel that is dense yet somehow elegant in the same breath. My overall impression of this wine is that it is a very fine rosé that will pair well with almost any cuisine one could imagine, or bring pleasure without food accompaniments. Enjoy!