20 cases only. Château de Pibarnon's rosé has long been accepted as one of Bandol's very finest. As of the 2014 vintage, that wine now has some high-quality company. Nuances is a 100% Mourvèdre micro-cuvée, crafted from fruit selected in the vineyard for it's outstanding depth and potential to mature in bottle. It was drawn from a single hectare of low yielding (30 hl/ha) Mourvèdre vines in a limestone site called la parcelle du Col. Like the Mourvèdre for the cuvée classique, the grapes are bled saignée style, receiving several hours of skin contact. Fermentation is with natural yeasts in both clay amphora and stainless steel, before the wine is blended and raised in a large, 30-hectolitre Stockinger foudre. Opening with alluring scents of bramble, blood-orange and spice, the palate is textured and silky with surprising depth and a saline minerality gifted by Pibarnon's unique highland terroir. It's one hell of a rosé folks, and simply a gorgeous wine by any standard. - Importer Note
Pibarnon's vineyard on La Colline du Télégraphe. This is Bandol's highest vineyard (at 300 metres above the Baie de Bandol) and faces the sea directly. Here the vines enjoy the freshness and cool nights of the altitude as well as the moderating sea breezes. A peculiar soil type predominates, les marnes bleues. This uncommon and highly chalky blue clay, rich in microfossils, is also sometimes seen in the Jura and Pomerol, where it is also prized for its water-retentive properties and its influence on a wine's freshness and structure.
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|Winemaking Practices||Minimal Intervention|
|Vineyard Practices||Minimal Intervention|