|Our Price: $44.99 / bottle (RRP: $55.00)||Case: 6 x 750ml|
'Blood orange, bitter cherry and honeysuckle flavors that show excellent depth and focus. Closes taut and minerally, displaying strong persistence and a powerful floral note.'
92 Points - Josh Raynolds
For years Alain Pascal of Domaine du Gros Nore sold his prized fruit from Bandol to the great local wineres of Domaine Ott and Château de Pibarnon. Though he and his father would bottle their own wine for family consumption, they never labeled it under their own domaine name. It wasn't until Alain's father died, that he decided to establish the label, and as they say, the rest is history.
Domaine du Gros Nore is regarded as one of the leading contenders for Grand Cru status in Bandol. Alain farms sixteen hectares of vineyards with the help of his brother, Guy, on the rolling hillsides around La Cadière d’Azur. The vineyards are composed of both clay and limestone, where the grapes are left to to mature fully on the vine, lending great intensity to the fruit. Where appellation law demands that each blend includes at least 50 percent Mourvèdre, Alain uses 80 percent—a choice that gives more power and concentration to the final assemblage. Do not be fooled by the strength and boldness of the Gros ‘Noré Bandol, though; underneath a big exterior is a wine of character, depth, complexity, soul, and finesse.
The grapes used to make our rosé come from selected parcels where the vines are on average 20 years old. The yields are low, which explains the intense concentration and distinct expression of each varietal in this wine. The presence of Mourvedre gives this wine its strong character, balance and complexity. An intense fruit and floral nose make this an attractive rosé.The palate is rounded and full with fruity aromas of peach and pomegranate, followed by delicate spice notes and a pleasant freshness created by acidic balance
The grapes are harvested by hand. In the ripening process, we aim for a hint of freshness with some acidity and slightly less alcohol than for the red wines. The harvest takes place over a one-month period from the last week of August onwards. Harvested into 30kg crates – grape selection takes place in the vineyard and in the chai (winery). After full destemming the grapes are pressed to obtain their juice and cold maceration is performed to extract the fruit aromas and achieve the desired pale colour. Vat bleeding techniques are rarely used. The wine is then vinified by the traditional method used for making white wine, with careful temperature control. The rosé is stored in concrete vats for 8 months before bottling.
50% Mourvedre, 25% Cinsault, 25% Grenache
This stunning rose is delicious reminder of Bandol's rightful place at the top of the rose hierachy. It is right at home with a bowl of black olives and a sunset.
This has lovely focus and cut, with a racy beam of peach, nectarine and blood orange flavors carried by finely beaded acidity. The long finish has a lovely mineral echo.
'Bright orange-pink. Bright, spicy and focused on the nose, displaying fresh orange, strawberry and floral scents that expand with aeration. Dry and chewy in the mouth, offering blood orange, bitter cherry and honeysuckle flavors that show excellent depth and focus. Closes taut and minerally, displaying strong persistence and a powerful floral note.'
92 Points - Josh Raynolds