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Provence, France

Domaine de Terrebrune Bandol Rosé 2014

Mourvèdre 60%, Grenache, Cinsault
Organic Status:
Certified Organic
12.85% (Number on label may differ)
“2012 Coup de Coeur. The most subtle rosé in Provence”, says Revue de Vins de France and the wine has many Michelin star listings in France, too. There is Provence rosé, then there is Bandol rosé, and then there is Terrebrune, with its unique style being delicate yet richly flavoured with very fine structure! Where many rosé are deliberately simple and not quite red or white, this is perhaps both red and white! It comes from a unique terroir in Bandol based on a limestone subsoil with "terre brune" topsoil, which has always been farmed organically since planting in 1962. The wine is made very simply and sees no oak. The wine comes in at just 12.85% alcohol, too!
Tasting Notes:
This is marvellously elegant with a very fine coral colour, which gives on to a discreet and subtle nose of red cherry, red berry, fennel, lemon, orange aromas, shimmering from the glass, with complexity and depth like all Terrebrune wines. The palate is refreshing, soft and gentle, typical of the vintage, with just a hint of tannin with more emphasis in its youth on red berry fruit, with some unexpected density yet light, lively and silky at the same time. Probably the finest rosé in Provence to accompany fine Provençal cuisine!
Vintage Notes:
2014 was a challenging year in Provence due to a wet Spring and persistent humidity, rainfall and up and down temperatures. Did you turn the rain into volume or did you work even harder than normal to minimise the impact of rain, produce quality but once more reduce the crop? Result is a vintage of very varying quality, with whites fairing better than reds - and since 95% of production in Provence is now rosé perhaps it doesn't matter very much! As usual the best bet is to buy only from the most conscientious, tried and tested producers, who rose to the challenge and have made a smaller volume of superb wines, such as Terrebrune rosé.
From a unique geological zone within Bandol, known as Trias, a stony brown clay topsoil over a deep limestone bed, the vines are grown on north-facing terraces for a slow ripening. The viticulture has always been organic. The climate is Mediterranean and there's an influence of humidity from the sea just a few km away. The vines are 30 to 50 years old. Grapes are hand picked into 30 kg small boxes to protect the fruit, with a very careful selection.
Whole bunches were partially destemmed, then gently crushed before being fed by gravity into stainless steel tank for fermentation by wild yeasts at temperatures controlled to 25-28ºC for 15 to 20 days. The malo is blocked. The wine is matured in stainless steel tank.
60,000 bottles (5,000 cases)
RVF, May 2015, the 2014 is No 1 Provence rosé with 16/20RVF, Special Millesime 2012, Coup de Coeur! RVF, April 2013: "Terrebrune Rosé is certainly the most subtle in Provence." RVF, July 2011: "Top 100 Grands vins de Mediterranée. Terrebrune is the most classic and accomplished in Bandol".  
Product Code:
¥5,400 / bottle SRP inc. tax

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