This is an inexpensive Rose by the makers of Whispering Angel Rose. It is nice but definitely a step or two down from its big sister. 12.5% ABV. A blend of Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault. Very pale pink/orange in color, clear and bright. The nose has some watermelon and a hint of strawberries. Light bodied. On the palate, the strawberries are more the driving force. There isn't much acidity here, so it drinks better on its own or with light foods. Drink over the next year.
This may be the most iconic Rosé made. It is arguably the best as well. While the price has risen over the last decade or so, there is no question that it delivers on quality. Pale salmon/copper in color, clear and bright. The nose is great with strawberries, minerals and a slight salinity. Very nice texture. Medium bodied. On the palate, strawberries with a mineral base. This is not a big wine, but its not delicate either. The finish goes on for a long time. Some people advocate letting these age and while this will no doubt last for another five to seven years, the freshness in
By.Ott is a third line of wines from Domaines Ott, the venerable producer of wines in southern France. These are a tad less expensive but still on the pricier side of Provence rosé's. The blend is 60% Grenache, 25% Cinsault, 10% Syrah and 5% Mourvèdre. Pale pink in color, shimmering bright and clear. The nose is very pretty with cherries, strawberries, minerals and slight grapefruit. Light bodied. Very refreshing. Easy drinking. The cherries and citrus carry thru to the palate. This should be consumed in the next couple of years to enjoy its freshness. This drinks well on its own
This is a Rose from southern France. It is a blend of 60% Grenach, 20% Syrah, 10% Cinsault, and 10% Tibouren. Perhaps more than most springs, I am looking forward to staying home and sipping on some Rose as the weather gets nice/warmer. This is light salmon pink/orange in color. Very pale but bright and clear. It has a much bigger nose with nice strawberries, some hay and slight watermelon. On the palate, it has an interesting texture. A bit oily but also creamy. The strawberries really come thru on the palate. Refreshing and tasty. Good balance. Long finish. This drinks great o
A blend of 50% Mourvèdre, 20% Grenache, 26% Cinsault, and 4% Syrah. This was part of a tasting that taught me that, more than most Bandol's, Tempier's will need plenty of cellar time to peak. This was tasty now, but just felt like it was holding back. Purple/ruby in color. The nose is tight. With air, some black cherries come out. Eventually a bit of spice as well. On the palate, this has a great texture. Very deep but tightly wound. Black cherry fruit. Plenty of tannins. Long finish. If drinking now give it a few hours in a decanter. Otherwise cellar for ten more years. This
Purple/ruby in color, slightly flat. The nose seemed a bit off, perhaps storage. It had a bit of aquarium going on. Yet, there is also some black cherries and a bit of minerality. On the palate, this is much better. A pretty backbone of acidity. Nice fresh cherry fruit. Slight tannins. Some complexity. Long finish. This is drinking about where one would expect at age 9. It won't get better but should be at peak for the next five to seven years. This will work with most meat or fowl based dishes or roasted veggies too.
Another new winery for me (which is always fun). Purple in color, ruby at the rim. The nose has black cherries, a charred earthiness and black olives. On the palate this has light tannins, black cherry fruit with a nice back bone of acidity. This is young but drinks well on its own. It should gain some complexity. Hold for a three years and drink over the next five to seven. It will go well with stews and fowl.
This is 75% Mourvèdre, 14% Grenache, 9% Cinsault, and 2% Carignan. Purple in color, ruby at the rim. The nose is tight. Dusty with black cherries. On the palate, this has a wonderful glycerin texture but is tight as a drum. Not much fruit today. Some slightly bitter notes. With air some black cherries come out. Shorter finish. This keeps getting better with air so if drinking soon, give it a few hours in a decanter. Better to wait five to ten more years on it. All that said, it's perhaps harsh as the overall experience is still very pleasing. It will need big food today to pair
This is young but what a beautiful Bandol. Inky purple in color. A lovely nose with black cherries, black olives and just a hint of funk. On the palate, this is very lively. Light tannins. Medium bodied. Great acidity. Lots of black cherry fruit. Depth but tight. Long finish. This is delicious now, but could easily show a point or two of improvement in three to five years as it develops. Great on its own, it needs bigger foods to pair with now but that should broaden with age. Easily has another decade of life.
This is a big wine that is still not giving up much. The question at age 12 is when, if ever, it will reach that optimum peak. Purple in color. The nose is very tight. With air some black raspberries and black olives come out. On the palate, this is very tannic. Some black raspberry fruit with a bit of black licorice. When the tannins finally integrate will there be any fruit left? That is the key question. It is a very good wine today, but is this as good as it gets? Given the reputation of the winery, one hope for more. Let's this sit for a while and check back in three to five