Moulin de la Roque Bandol Rosé Les Hauts de Vallon (Sustainable)
50% Mourvèdre, 40% Grenache, 10% Cinsault.
Founded in 1950 by the winegrowers of la Cadière d’Azur, St-Cyr-sur-Mer, and Sanary-sur-mer, the Moulin de La Roque cellar was initially designed for the oakbarrel maturing of Bandol red wines. In 1964, through the efforts of the winegrowers and following numerous alterations, Moulin de La Roque became a wine production cellar for Bandol wines.
The Bandol produced each year at Moulin de La Roque is harvested, vinified, and matured with a constant eye to achieving quality excellence. Backed by its expertise and the latest equipment, the Moulin de La
Roque cellar also preserves the methods that have forged the reputation that Bandol wine enjoys today.
Looking out to the Mediterranean sea and surrounded by hills and mountains, the terroir of Bandol forms a veritable natural amphitheater. Bandol terroir has the advantage of enjoying a microclimate that favors the optimum ripening of its principal grape variety, Mourvèdre.
Soil: Red sand loaded with limestone pebbles Winemaking: Manual harvest grapes are destemmed to avoid harsh tannins. Grapes transferred to gentle pneumatic presses and the juice flows into temp-controlled stainless steel tanks. Following alcoholic fermentation, there is a lengthy vatting period of 20 to 30 days to allow the young wine to truly come into its own.
Terrific value in Bandol Rose', widely considered the king of Provençal Rose'. This classic blend of Mourvedre, Grenache and Cinsault flows on a palate of Rainier cherry, nectarine and tangerine with good body, and finishes dry. Lovely aromas of wild herbs and coastal breeze round out this fabulous salmon-colored Rose'. This Bandol Rose' shows depth and complexity and pairs well with salmon, soft Brie with olives or try with grilled lamb with rosemary.
92 points Wine Enthusiast: The perfumed, structured Mourvèdre casts its spell on this ripe, textured wine. Wild strawberry and spice flavors have a youthful bite of acidity and crispness, balanced by the intense fruitiness.