A Guide to Wine, Food & the Good Life
To subscribe and be notified anytime we post a new article, enter your email address in the box below, then click on Subscribe Now.

Distinctive New Wines

Similar Articles:

  1. LOVELY NEW WINES FROM DOMAINE SAUMAIZE-MICHELIN
  2. 2019 ROSÉS - PART 3
  3. 2019 FRENCH ROSÉS - PART 2 - BARGAINS UNDER $10
  4. 2019 ROSÉS – PART 1
  5. TABLAS CREEK VINEYARD 2020 FALL RELEASES
  6. RIDGE VINEYARDS FALL RELEASES
  7. THE 2018 RED BURGUNDIES ARE STARTING TO ARRIVE AND WE ARE OFF TO A GREAT START - DOMAINE FRÉDÉRIC ESMONIN
  8. RIDGE VINEYARDS: GREAT RECENT RELEASES
  9. GREAT NEW RELEASES FROM TABLAS CREEK VINEYARD – ROSÉ, WHITE, AND RED
  10. IT’S ROSÉ TIME & MORE
  11. ANOTHER GREAT VALUE PRICED WINE FROM TOAD HOLLOW
  12. 2018 ROSÉS – THE GRAND FINALE
  13. GREAT NEW WINES – RIDGE & TABLAS CREEK
  14. TOAD HOLLOW VINEYARDS
  15. CHANIN WINE COMPANY
  16. 2018 ROSÉS – PART 3
  17. BONNY DOON VINEYARD LAUNCHES A NEW LE CIGARE VOLANT & LE CIGARE BLANC
  18. 2018 ROSÉ – Part 2
  19. RIDGE VINEYARDS – SPRING 2019 RELEASES
  20. TABLAS CREEK VINEYARD – SPRING 2019 RELEASES
  21. HAT TRICK WINES FROM TOAD HOLLOW VINEYARDS
  22. TABLAS CREEK VINEYARD – FALL 2018 RELEASES
  23. RIDGE VINEYARDS – FALL 2018 RELEASES
  24. 2017 ROSÉS – PART II
  25. 2017 ROSÉS – A REMARKABLE VINTAGE PART I
  26. RIDGE VINEYARDS – SPRING 2018 RELEASES & MORE
  27. TABLAS CREEK VINEYARD – SPRING 2018 RELEASES
  28. TABLAS CREEK VINEYARD FALL RELEASES
  29. DOMAINE ANNE ET HERVÉ SIGAUT
  30. RIDGE VINEYARDS - FALL 2017 RELEASES & MORE!
  31. 2016 ROSÉS: A GREAT VINTAGE AND MANY BARGAINS
  32. 2016 ROSÉS – TIS THE SEASON & WHAT A SEASON IT IS!
  33. TABLAS CREEK VINEYARD SPRING 2017 RELEASES
  34. DOMAINE BALLOT MILLOT & FILS – THE 2014S ARE HERE!
  35. CHANIN WINE COMPANY AND LUTUM WINES – AN OUTSTANDING GROUP OF 2014 CHARDONNAYS AND PINOT NOIRS
  36. MOUNT EDEN VINEYARDS AND DOMAINE EDEN: A DYNAMIC DUO
  37. 2015 ROSÉS AS SUMMER ENDS AND THE FALL SEASON BEGINS
  38. RIDGE VINEYARDS: SUPERB NEW RELEASES & WINE INGREDIENT LABELING
  39. NEW RELEASES FROM DOMAINE-SAUMAIZE MICHELIN
  40. TABLAS CREEK VINEYARD: FIVE OUTSTANDING NEW RELEASES
  41. MORE 2015 ROSÉS
  42. CALERA – LATEST RELEASES
  43. RIDGE VINEYARDS - SPRING 2016 RELEASES
  44. TIS THE SEASON: 2015 ROSÉS ARE HERE
  45. NEW RELEASES FROM TABLAS CREEK VINEYARD
  46. CALERA WINE COMPANY
  47. DOMAINE BALLOT-MILLOT ET FILS: THE 2013S ARE HERE
  48. 2014 ROSÉS – IS IT THE SEASON OR THE END OF THE SEASON?
  49. TABLAS CREEK VINEYARD
  50. 2014 FRENCH ROSÉS
  51. MORE 2014 ROSÉS
  52. WINE IN A BOX?
  53. 2014 ROSÉS
  54. RIDGE VINEYARDS – SPRING 2015 RELEASES
  55. DOMAINE FRÉDÉRIC ESMONIN
  56. NEW RELEASES FROM THE CENTRAL COAST - CALERA AND TABLAS CREEK VINEYARD
  57. ROSÉ TIME?
  58. TABLAS CREEK VINEYARD
  59. SANTA CRUZ MOUNTAIN VINEYARD AND QUINTA CRUZ
  60. MOUNT EDEN VINEYARDS AND DOMAINE EDEN
  61. MORE 2013 ROSÉS
  62. TABLAS CREEK VINEYARD
  63. 2013 FRENCH ROSÉS
  64. UNDER THE RADAR CHAMPAGNE
  65. 2013 ROSÉS
  66. MORE 2012 ROSÉS
  67. 2012 ROSÉS
  68. UNDER THE RADAR AND VALUE PRICED WHITE WINES, SPARKLING WINES, AND RED WINES FOR SPRING
  69. DOMAINE FRÉDÉRIC ESMONIN
  70. MORE OUTSTANDING 2011 BEAUJOLAIS
  71. NEW WINES AS WE APPROACH 2013
  72. RíAS BAIXAS & ALBARIÑO – SPANISH GEMS
  73. NEW WINES FOR THE UPCOMING HOLIDAYS
  74. RED WINES FOR THE FALL
  75. UNDER THE RADAR & VALUE PRICED ROSÉS AND WHITE WINES
  76. A FEW NEW ROSÉS & WHITE WINES FOR THE DOG DAYS OF SUMMER
  77. A VARIED SELECTION FEATURING SOME GREAT WINE VALUES
  78. SOME GREAT NEW WINES FROM OLD FRIENDS AND A FEW NEW SURPRISES
  79. SPRING WILL SOON BE HERE: THESE ARE WINES FOR THE SEASON
  80. A PAIR TO DRAW TO – ALBARIÑO AND TORRONTÉS
  81. MORE TERRIFIC 2010 BEAUJOLAIS, ANOTHER 2009 CHINON, AND A 2007 SAINT JOSEPH PLUS A COUPLE OF INEXPENSIVE RED WINES AND A 2009 SANCERRE FROM ONE OF THE GREATEST PRODUCERS
  82. A SHORT LIST OF NEW WINES TO START THE YEAR
  83. NEW WINES TO CONSIDER AS WE RAPIDLY APPROACH THE END OF THE YEAR
  84. MORE NEW WINES TO FALL INTO
  85. CHANGING OF THE SEASONS - HERE ARE SOME SUGGESTIONS TO FALL INTO
  86. TWO FAVORITE CHAMPAGNE HOUSES
  87. 2010 ROSÉS -- A ROSE IS A ROSE, IS A ROSE, IS A ROSE…BUT A ROSÉ IS A ROSÉ
  88. An Eclectic Selection Of New Wines
  89. Call For Torrontes, Other Terrific Inexpensive White Wines, An Old Friend Chardonnay, And A New Friend Pinot Noir
  90. One New Star Producer For White And Red Burgundy, Revisiting An Old Favorite Producer For Affordable White and Red Burgundy, And Trying To Get Back A Best In Class Rosé
  91. You Don't Know Jura?
  92. Five Lovely Red and White Wines from Northern California
  93. Champagne -- Any Time Is Time For Champagne
  94. More 2009s And A Few Others
  95. More 2009 Beaujolais
  96. Under The Radar 2009 Wines
  97. Even More 2009 Rosés
  98. More 2009 Rosés and Other Wine Bargains
  99. 2009 New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc and Inexpensive 2009 White Wines
  100. A Selection of Reasonably-priced, Premium Wines
  101. Recession Busters/Best Buys
  102. Ah, Spring, The Vintage of the Century Is In the Air!
  103. A Selection from California and France
  104. Bargain Wines/Best Buys
  105. California and French Wines

2019 ROSÉS – PART 1

John Tilson • 11/22/20        Print This Post Print This PostComment Bookmark and Share

 


 BANDOL ROSÉS

I have been tasting and drinking Rosés every year for decades. But the real story here is that 2019 is an absolutely great vintage for French Rosés across the board. Like many things, the 2019 French Rosés have been arriving late this year. But I have been working overtime tasting them and as of this writing I have already tasted dozens of different ones with still more to go. So my article will be done in several parts.  Part 1 of the series on 2019 Rosés is presented here and features the Extraordinary 2019 Bandol Rosés. Part 2 will feature great 2019 French Rosé bargains (and, to be sure, there are many great bargains with some priced in the single digits!). Part 3 will feature more notes on 2019 French Rosés as well as notes on a few really delicious 2019 Italian Rosatos, a lovely 2019 Austrian Rosé, a delicious Portuguese Rosé, and a lovely 2019 German Rosé. Finally, Part 4 will feature many more really great and delicious 2019 French Rosés.  Also, as is the case every year, I did find great 2019 California Rosés from Tablas Creek which were released earlier this year. In particular, I would mention the 2019 Tablas Creek Vineyard Dianthus Rosé which is the greatest California Rosé I have ever had (to read that article click here). But, in general, most California Rosés are not that interesting. Many are made as a result of bleeding off the juice to give red wines more concentration and lack depth, flavor, and complexity which I find to be a predominant characteristic of most California Rosés. And, with such a great abundance of really stunning French Rosés every year, as well as many great bargains, most California Rosés just do not make sense.

So as we move into fall there are a lot of Rosés on the market and it is time to make sure you have a good supply of 2019 Rosés to last until the 2020s start to arrive next spring and summer. However, if you do have more 2019 Rosés than you can drink by next spring, there is no reason to worry. Well cellared Rosés can age beautifully and I regularly drink Rosés that are several years old. And especially good are the older Bandol Rosés. In warm weather with lighter foods, there is really nothing like a great Rosé! And they also go really well with the traditional food served over the year-end holidays. At our house, the holidays would not be the same without a generous supply of Rosé!

Bandol is a wine area of less than 4,000 acres centered around the Mediterranean coastal town of Bandol. This area has a unique microclimate next to the coast that is very warm and sunny and protected from the northern winds. Most of the production here is red wine which is mostly based on Mourvèdre. Bandol Rosés account for about a third of the area’s production and are very flavorful. They are made from blends that are dominated by Mourvèdre, Grenache, and Cinsault. Delicious young, they are also among the most age-worthy of all rosé wines and continue to evolve over many years. Without question, Bandol Rosés are consistently some of the best rosés in the world. And, the 2019s are really gorgeous! In fact, as a group, they are the best I have ever tasted.  I tasted these 6 Bandol Rosés several times over several weeks. I kept separate notes on each tasting. At the end of the day, the differences were so subtle that I lined them all up and tasted them again several times blind. And, having done that I concluded that all of them were equally great. These 2019 Bandol Rosés are really Extraordinary. So again, as a group, I have never tasted better Bandol Rosés. If you love Rosé as I do then do yourself a favor and try all of these great 2019 Bandol Rosés.

 

2019  Domaine de la Bastide Blanche Bandol Rosé
This 28 ha. estate in the village of Le Castellet is located just north of the beaches of Bandol.  The rosé  is made with a very high percentage of Mourvèdre up to 75%, along with Grenache and Cinsault.
With a very light reddish-pink color, the wine has a gorgeous perfume of cherries, faintly floral with exotic spice nuances.  It has lovely fruit, balanced, very elegant, lush, and supple, with cherry nuances, a floral and citrus undertone, and a crisp finish.  This is a delicious, stunning rosé — Extraordinary.     $25     Imported by Weygandt-Metzler   Unionville, PA and Beaune Imports   Berkeley, CA

  

2019 Domaine du Gros’ Noré Bandol Rosé
This estate consists of some 36 acres of vines over 35 years old. The vineyards are located only a few hundred yards from those of Domaine Tempier. The wine is made from 40% Mourvèdre, 40% Cinsault, and 20% Grenache. For many years Alain Pascal and his father sold their fruit to Domaine Ott and Chateau de Pibarnon. After his father’s death, Alain named the estate for his father, Honoré Gros Nore, which means Big Honoré with the name Honoré shortened to Noré. Honoré was a giant of a man and Pascal is cut from the same mold. The first wines were made here beginning with the 1997 vintage. Having said that, the Domaine has already established itself as one of the best and most consistent producers of Bandol Rosé.
Very light orange-gold color this rosé has a great perfume interlaced with exotic, floral, and spice nuances and hints of orange and mango. With great fruit, flavor, and intensity, it has impeccable balance, with floral and exotic nuances, hints of apricot and orange, and an underlying crisp finish. This is a really stunning, very great rosé, a must buy!!  Make no mistake, this is one of the greatest Rosés I have ever tasted from this Domaine and over time I have had more than my fair share – Extraordinary.    $37     Imported by Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant  Berkeley, CA

2019 Domaine de la Tour du Bon Bandol Rosé
This domaine sits atop a limestone plateau in Le Brulat du Castellet in the northwest corner of AOC Bandol, nestled beneath the mountains to the north. The vines here average nearly 40 years of age. The blend of grapes can vary from year to year but typically consists of 10% Grenache, 32% Cinsault, 50% Mourvèdre, and 8% Clairette.
With a pale orange color showing a golden hue this rosé has a deep, exotic, floral perfume with tropical and spice nuances.  It has great fruit, lush and supple, lots of flavor, exotic floral and tropical tones. It is elegant, yet with intensity and lots of fruit, beautifully balanced, with a nice underlying crispness on the finish. This is a delicious, stunning Bandol Rosé – Extraordinary.       $35         Imported by Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant  Berkeley, CA

 

2019 Domaine Tempier Bandol Rosé
This property, which lies between Marseilles and Toulon on the hillside of a natural amphitheater and runs down to the shore of the Mediterranean, has been owned by the Tempier family since 1834. They won their first gold medal in 1885 so they have a long track record of excellence. And, year in and year out for as long as I can remember, this rosé is superb. It combines complexity with finesse and flavor in a way that defines the very best rosés. And, it ages very well and after a few years develops even more complexity. This is a wine I buy every year and during the year I often drink old ones. They drink beautifully young or old.
Made with 55% Mourvèdre, 25% Grenache, and 20% Cinsault grapes, which are grown on vines that average over 20 years of age,
this rosé has a golden amber color with a golden edge and a gorgeous perfume, floral and exotic. On the palate, it has great complex flavors with hints of berries and cherries, and floral, faintly herbal, spicy nuances. With lots of fruit, it is very full, supple, and rich and is impeccably balanced with a subtle underlying crispness on the long finish.  This is a really stunning Rosé. Drink it now or layaway for memorable drinking for many years to come – Extraordinary.      $56       Imported by Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant  Berkeley, CA

  

 2019 Domaine de Terrebrune Bandol Rosé
This domaine in Ollioules, just east of Bandol, is framed by the Mediterranean and the mountain called Gros Cerveau.  Made from grapes grown on 13-year-old vines, it consists of 50% Mourvèdre, 25% Grenache, and 25% Cinsault.
Very pale orange-pink color with a golden hue. It has a gorgeous floral and spice perfume with exotic nuances.  Very elegant, yet very flavorful, it is lovely with exotic fruit that hints of mango, with a floral undertone.  Finesseful and beautifully balanced, with very pure fruit showing faint hints of apricot and mango, it has a long, lingering, citrus- tinged finish.  Wow!! This is a stunning, very delicious rosé – Extraordinary.      $39        Imported by Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant  Berkeley, CA

2019 Chateau de Pibarnon Bandol Rosé
This estate has been owned by the Comte Henri de Saint-Victor and family for the last 40 years. It is situated at the top of La Colline du Télégraphe in the northernmost part of Bandol in an amphitheater of vines near the Mediterranean Sea. This area receives some 300 days of sunshine per year and the vines here are over 40 years old. This rosé is made from 65% Mourvèdre and 35% Cinsault.
Very light orange in color with a golden hue and golden edge, the wine has a great perfume of exotic floral nuances with mango and pear undertones.  It has lots of exotic-tinged fruit and is full, rich and lovely, with great balance and structure ending in a long finish.  This is a great rosé – Extraordinary.      $37        Imported by Michael Skurnik Wines    New York, NY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Post a Comment

One comment so far for “2019 ROSÉS – PART 1”

  • Dean Alexander says:

    Hi John,
    I picked up a few bottles of the 2019 La Bastide Blanc and found it to be structured a lot like a red wine with a fair amount of minerally tannin. To some degree it reminds me of the structure of Roty’s Marsannay Rose, a wine that really likes some time in the cellar. I’ll probably try one more Bastide Blanche soon, but age the rest for a few years.

  • Post a Comment

    Leave a Reply

    Your email address will not be published.