This pinkish-salmon colored rosé from Bandol, France is very fragrant, with aromas of ruby grapefruit, lemon zest, peach, and a touch of smoke. With flavors of strawberry, tart cherry and spices, this is not just a wine for summer sipping, it is a complex food wine, and deserves a place on Greg’s small plates tasting menu. It’s crisp acidity pairs well with seafood, especially shrimp, and the touch of smokiness complements the char from the grill, and the smoky paprika. Rosé is a great “bridge” wine in tasting flights as one transitions from whites to reds, and their corresponding foods. I also felt that this dish has a Mediterranean or Provençal “feel” to it, so I turned to Bandol!
Bandol’s rosé and red wines are based on the Mourvèdre grape. While it is perhaps best known as a blending grape in the famous wines from Châteauneuf du Pape, Mourvèdre can also produce amazing single-varietal wines. Bandol, in particular, is producing the best examples of 100% Mourvèdre wines, in my opinion. Yet Mourvèdre has also become a “trendy” wine grape in California’s Paso Robles and Santa Rosa wine regions, where they are making really great wines from this and other “Rhône” varietals. In Spain, the grape is called Monastrell, and used heavily in Alicante and Jumilla. GRANT
Also pairs well with appetizers, barbeque, charcuterie, fish, fruit, hamburgers, pizza, pork, salad, sausage, shellfish, vegetables.
- Category Rosé
- Varietal Mourvèdre
- Region Bandol France