2012 Domaine Tour Du Bon Bandol Rose
black currant, blackberry, dust, leather, violet, oak, smoke, toast, vanilla, strawberry, musk, apple, lemon, honeysuckle, spice and floral
vanilla, toast, smoke, tobacco, dark fruit, red fruit, thyme, clove, cinnamon, black pepper, mint, game, tar, dust, apple, lemon, citrus, apricot and acidic
"The rose's soft, ochre-tinged robe is highly evocative of the reassuring heat of the Provencal countryside. This very subtle wine exudes perfumes that are at once invigorating and sweet. Soft and spicy on the palate, this rose is a good match for a wide range of foods, from seafood to North African-style dishes, the more exotic the better. (35% Grenache, 25% Mourvedre, 30% Cinsault, 10% Clairette). Serve at 13 degrees C." - Winery
"Bandol borders the Mediterranean Sea and Tour du Bon is tucked a half a mile away on the flank of one of the hills rising up from the village of Bandol. The terroir here is a clay-limestone mix with a red subsoil. Agnes Henry is the current winemaker and owner of Domaine de la Tour du Bon. Her parents bought the estate in 1968 and it took them two years to dig into the rocky earth and get vines planted. Agnes has been making the wines full time for the last 20 years."
"She is one of the original winemakers in the "natural" movement, although, she does not advertise this info at all. When asked about it she says that she isn't interested in being a missionary or spokesperson for the natural movement. She practices organic agriculture and is hands off on the cellar because it makes the best wines (period). She's not certified because it's too much paperwork. They hand harvest, use indigenous yeasts and don't fine or filter. The final expression is traditional and unmanipulated wines that truly express Bandol's unique terroir." - Importer