Chateau de Pibarnon reminds us that there are rosés, and then there are Bandol rosés!
Bandol is the pride of Provence; the rosés from this region are sophisticated and a cut above the rest.
Often referred to as the "Petrus of Bandol," Chateau de Pibarnon's vineyards are built on centuries-old terraces hand-built by generations. An amphitheater of vines from clay and fossil-studded soils are similar to those found at Chateau d'Yquem in Sauternes and Chateau Petrus in Pomerol.
Grapefruits notes, with young strawberry, and raspberry are followed by a touch of spice. The prominence of Mourvedre gives this wine its strong character, balance and complexity. Fruity aromas of white peach, pomegranate and zesty acidity are characteristics of the Cinsault grape.
Pibarnon’s terroir, "a combination of blue marl and limestone, yields a wine that is powerful yet graceful." Eric Asimov, NY Times
Beautifully balanced, Pibarnon is a pairing rosé - one that begs to be enjoyed with cheese, seafood - especially sushi - and charcuterie.
By the way, this wine ages beautifully too...