Synopsis, Our Opinion: MEMORABLE Rosé with a character of its own.
Producer/Winery: Domaine La Bastide Blanche; Le Castellet, France.
Grape Variety: Rosé blend – Mourvèdre, Grenache, Cinsault and Clairette.
Geographic Appellation: Bandol; Provence, France.
Price: $21.60 (with a 10% mixed case discount).
Purchased From: The Caviste Wine Shop; Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
Paired With: Lamb curry made with apples, onions, garlic, celery & tomatoes; broccoli and basmati rice.
He said: Chilled before drinking. Clear salmon color. Damp earth, peach, strawberry and cherry aromas. Fruity…slightly tart strawberry, citrus, watermelon and orange flavors. Smooth entry and from mid-palate to the end there was a growing bitterness that finished crisp and dry with pronounced rich fruit tastes and a strong mineral core. Powerful and complex Rosé that in a nutshell has it all…this simply has to be the Rosé to judge all others. It’s MEMORABLE Rosé with a character of its own.
Tonight’s paring of lamb curry and Bandol Rosé came from What to drink with what you eat, it was in bold caps…and it was FABULOUS. I would say the lamb curry and Bandol Rosé was a “PERFECT” pairing.
See also our review of the 2012 Bandol Rosé.
She said: Clear, intense apricot color, lots of thin, evenly spaced rapidly moving legs. My taste buds were was singing from the wonderful pairing with the lamb curry. This was not your usual curry, but it went extremely well with the wine and I could not ask for a better pairing. Although the aroma was mild the flavors came through with more than the typical Rosé fruit. The mouth feel was smooth and creamy at first but ended with plenty of acidity as it passed into the long flavorful finish. Absolutely perfect with this curry but also good sipping alone. As a top-of-the-line Rosé, it is a treat anytime.
Alcohol Content: 13.5%
UPC Code: 7 91930 00181
Imported by: Weygandt Metzler; Unionville, Pennsylvania.
Photo from Domaine La Bastide Blanche.