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2016 La Suffrene Bandol Rose


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Our Price: $42.99 / bottle (RRP: $42.99 ) Case: 6 x 750ml

'The bouquet is savoury and smoky, toasty and quite complex, with quince paste nuances.'
90 Points - Huon Hooke

  • Domaine la Suffrene in Bandol has been the Gravier family homestead and vineyard for generations, but the grapes had always been sold to local cooperatives. It wasn’t until 1996, when Cedric Gravier took to the helm, that the vineyards’ potential was realized and bottled at the estate.


    Home to 70-year-old Carignan and 50-year-old Mourvedre vines, the vineyards here are farmed organically but not certified. After sorting, destemming and crushing the fruit for his rosé, Cedric presses and lets the juice sit in tank for 48 hours to ‘decant’ until the sediment settles and the juice has reached 8-10 degrees celsius, before pumping the clear juice to another tank for a 10-12 day fermentation.


    Aromas of mineral-accented red berries and tangerine, along with a subtle herbal nuance in the background. Juicy and light on its feet, offering bitter red currant and blood orange flavours that tighten up on the back half. Finishes with firm grip and minerally cut, leaving a suggestion of cherry pit behind.


    'Medium to full salmon-pink hue. The bouquet is savoury and smoky, toasty and quite complex, with quince paste nuances. The palate is lighter-weighted and savoury, dry and almost a bit austere. It demands food. Very good flavour and a lasting finish.'
    90 Points - Huon Hooke

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