22nd-28th October 2015
La bouteille de la semaine
Château de Pibarnon
> Bandol 2014 Rosé
Think rosé is only made to be drunk in summer at a barbecue, that it's not a wine worthy of the name? Think again! It also knows how to be a formidable dinner companion, as long as it is designed for that purpose by the winemaker.
Some wine producers have already tried to break the codes, including offering more vintage rosés.
Eric de Saint-Victor, Château de Pibarnon's owner, had the vision early on that rosé, especially in Bandol, could emerge as a great wine, structured like a white with a broad consistency, good length, glistening freshness, all assembled around the Mourvèdre, the grape king of the appellation.
Developing such a nectar obviously requires radical winemaking choices. Eric de Saint-Victor decided to use a large 30 hectolitres wooden vat for the oxygenation of the juices and a sandstone container, the porosity of which brings tension and purity. Maturation spans nearly eight months in those containers then four months in bottles.
The end result is breath-taking. The nose opens with beautiful aromas of red fruits, spices and brambles. The taste is peppery, full, sappy and salty, letting out some hints of roasted red pepper.
An ideal wine to accompany beautiful white meat, roasted poultry or sweetbreads or kidneys.
You can drink it now, but we bet it will be even greater in five to ten years!