Known as the Rose mothership, and the beating heart of Rose's drive towards serious wine status, the appelation of Bandol, with its mere 50 producers, has fast become the epicentre of all things pink (with a slight tinge of copper along the way).
Leading that guard, outside the cult-like, allocated only Domaine Tempier, is wines like this Bastide de la Ciselette from winemaker Robert de Salvo.
"By Bandol standards, Bastide de la Ciselette is a newcomer on the scene, although de Salvo’s family have been vignerons in the region for many years. Previously, they sold their grapes to the local cooperative before de Salvo created his label and became the 57th estate to be registered under the AOC (controlled appellation) in 2010. The Bastide de la Ciselette estate includes 15 hectares of vineyards just outside Le Castellet, facing the Mediterranean to the immediate south/southwest. De Salvo, who counts Domaines Ott as a neighbor, employs both organic and biodynamic methods on his picturesque property With the help of winemaker Romain Bournaud, who most recently worked at Château Smith-Haut-Lafitte in Bordeaux, de Salvo has pushed his wines to Bandol’s upper echelon in what seems like record time.
Old vines certainly help in that regard, and the Mourvèdre (72%) and Grenache (28%) used in this 2018 comes from vineyards with an average age of 40 years.
In the glass, this 2018 is textbook Bandol through and through, shining a pale salmon-pink with orange and copper reflections. The aromas are a wild, herb-infused tangle of wild strawberry, red currant, pink grapefruit, hibiscus tea, lilac and lavender, sage, coriander, and dusty red earth. It is medium to medium-plus in body—substantial and persistent but without a hint of the sweetness so prevalent throughout the industrial-rosé universe."
David Lynch - Sommelier, Wine and Spirits Magazine.
A blend of 70% Mourvèdre, 25% Grenache and 5% Cinsault. 40 year old vines. Clay-limestone soil.
Grapes harvested by hand in late veraison. Once in the cellar, the grapes are processed at low temperatures. Pressing via pneumatic press, then static settling for 12 hours. 15 days of fermentation at 18°C (64°F). 6 months aged in steel tank
Pale, tones of salmon pink. Complex, with base notes of flowers and exotic fruits. A balanced, vibrant mouthfeel with fresh fruit flavors yields to a floral, well-rounded finish typical of Bandol rosé wines.
Bastide de la Ciselette was founded in 2010 by Robert de Salvo. Born to generations of wine-growers, Robert gained experience in the local wine-grower’s cooperative before purchasing prime Bandol land with the goal of making his own wines. The winery began with the construction of a half-buried cellar, and success came quickly: his very first vintage was awarded a prize at the prestigious Concours Générale Agricole de Paris (Paris General Agricultural Show). Year after year, the Ciselette’s wines have gained both technical and commercial acclaim, and the winery’s sales have grown along with its reputation. Driven by a constant desire to develop and supported by his clients, Robert de Salvo has continued to invest in the vineyard in order to increase the production volume of the cellar and fermenting vats. 2015 was a watershed year for the winery. Bastide de la Ciselette acquired new parcels of land and built a storage hangar in order to optimize logistics and shipping. Thanks to the new hangar, domestic and international orders, which have grown steadily since the winery was founded, can now be handled even more quickly than in previous years. During the summer 2019, the wine estate received the label "Haute Valeur Environnementale” (high environmental value).
DECANTER WORLD WINE AWARDS 2019
Straw, spice, dried strawberry and minerals. Traces of parsnip and liquorice to a palate which veers more towards stone fruits.