2018-C Domaine Le Galantin Bandol Rose, Provence, France

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Bandol, a tiny appellation located directly on the Mediterranean coast, has a brilliant reputation for complex and structured wines. The ancient steep vineyards—first planted by Phocaean Greeks circa 600 BC—are the perfect home for Mourvèdre which is the majority grape in this organically grown rosé. Rosés, which represent about 65% of the appellation’s production, are some of world’s best regarded. There is good reason for this—Mourvèdre is a difficult grape to grow and vinify, and only in Bandol does it produce results exquisite enough to warrant the effort. Most Provençal rosés, by contrast, are predominantly Grenache. This delicious rosé from Domaine Le Galantin offers of one the best values from the region. Achille and Lilianne Pascal have been building up the Domaine Le Galantin estate for over 40 years. The 2018 rosé is a blend of 50% Mourvèdre, 25% Cinsault and 25% Grenache and was fermented in stainless steel and bottled the spring after harvest. It is very consistent with previous vintages showing its light, bright and breezy personality. Swirl a glass of this rosé wine to savor its rose-petal hue and cherry blossom aroma. With a bit of spice and minerality on the palate, this pink wine drinks with lovely depth and complexity. It's what we call a no-brainer rosé because there's really nothing not to like about it! Relish this beautifully balanced wine alongside roast salmon, Niçoise salad or your favorite charcuterie.

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