2020 Moulin de La Roque Les Hauts du Vallon Rose Bandol AOC, Provence, France (750ml)

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Moulin de La Roque is located in the charming village of La Cadière-d'Azur, nestled in the hills of Bandol, looking toward the Mediterranean Sea. Established in 1950 as a cellar where vintners from Saint Cyr, Sanary and La Cadière could age their red wines, Moulin de La Roque began producing its own wines as a cooperative in 1964 (and today includes 198 winegrowers). With vineyard holdings that span 754 acres across eight communes, Moulin de La Roque wines are made by blending grapes from disparate parcels, each showcasing its own unique terroir. Bandol’s climate and terroir is suited to growing a variety of red grapes thanks in part to its shape which resembles a natural amphitheater; the surrounding range of mountains and hills help protect the vineyards from ‘Le Mistral’, or the strong northerly wind blowing through Southern France, while intense rainfalls and hot and dry summers are regulated by the maritime influence of the Mediterranean Sea. While 50% of Moulin de La Roque’s vineyards are planted to Mourvèdre, they also grow Grenache, Cinsault and Carignan for their reds and rosés and Clairette and Ugni Blanc for their white wines.

This lovely rosé is a blend of 52% Mourvèdre, 22% Grenache and 26% Cinsault. The grapes were harvested, sorted and destemmed by hand to avoid harsh tannins, then transferred to a pneumatic press where the juice was first allowed to flow into a temperature-controlled stainless-steel tank before gentle pressing. Following alcoholic fermentation, the wine underwent a lengthy vatting period of between 20 and 30 days to allow the young wine to truly come into its own.

Beautiful, bright copper hue. Inviting nose filled with ripe, Rainier cherry and exotic spices. The expansive palate shows ripe red fruit, citrus pith and a delicate floral note. Beautiful structure with elegantly restrained acid backbone. The finish is long and fruity with a hint of flint. Drink now through Thanksgiving and beyond.

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