Bandol Rosé 2018
Grape variety: 50% Mourvèdre, 35% Cinsault, 15% Grenache
Terroir: Limestone and clay soils. Vineyard cultivated in terraces (locally called “restanques”) on the steep slopes of a natural cirque, facing south.
Yields: 35 hl/ha Average age of the vines: 22 years old
Vinification: The grapes are hand-harvested and sorted in the vineyard. They are then sorted again at the cellar before being de-stemmed. The Mourvèdres and Cinsaults grapes are pressed right away while the Grenache grapes first macerate in the press for 24 hours before being pressed. Then, the fermentation lasts 20 days on average. The wines are aged 6 months in tanks made of concrete or stainless steel.
Vintage: 2017 ended with drought as it had started. The winter began, the rain came back. The first buds hatched around the beginning of April, watered by heavy rains. The weather was ideal to enhance soil life but also mildew… The spring was very rainy which made it hard to win the fight against the mildew and this capricious weather lasted until July.
The vines were very generous in grapes which made it necessary to destem to boost the ripeness of the grapes and to thin out the leaves to aerate the grapes. The harvest started on September the 3rd with the Cinsault grapes, which suffered from the wet conditions of 2018 and therefore were less concentrated and damaged. Thus, they had to be sorted thoroughly in the vines but also in the cellar. Hopefully, September was the only rain-free month of the year, which lead to a perfect ripeness for the Mourvèdre. The harvest ended September 25th.
Taste: “Outstanding cuvee, made of 50% of Mourvedre, 40% of Cinsault and 10% of Grenache. Its pale pink colour is tinted with light coppery hues. The Rosé 2018 reveals complex aromas of red fruits, citrus fruits, pear, peach and almond. Generous on the palate, it combines freshness and roundness and lingers with spicy and tangy notes.” Hachette Guide of Wines
Serve: 10° to 12° with Mediterranean or Asian dishes, salads or tapas.