Comte Henri de Saint-Victor purchased this estate, the highest in the Bandol appellation, in 1975. He then set about reinvigorating it, restoring the house, acquiring more land and carving out terraces in the landscape to minimise erosion and maximise water absorption. With son Eric de Saint-Victor at the helm since 2000, Pibarnon continues to excel.
Pibarnon is considered one of the benchmark rosés of France.
"Shimmering orange-pink. Powerful, mineral-accented white peach, raspberry and melon scents, along with building citrus pith and floral nuances. Palate-staining red berry, blood orange, nectarine and lavender flavors deftly meld depth and energy. Shows strong tension and repeating mineral character on the strikingly long finish, which leaves a suave floral note behind." 93 points, Josh Raynolds, Vinous
Organic. Another cracking release, Pibarnon's distinctive 60:40 mourvèdre and cinsault blend was drawn from the Estate's stunning amphitheatre of terraces (or restanques) set amid the pine-covered hilltop of La Colline du Télégraphe. This is Bandol's highest vineyard (at 300 metres above the Baie de Bandol) and it enjoys the freshness and cool nights of the altitude as well as the moderating sea breezes. It's not only the elevation and proximity to the sea that makes this vineyard so special. A peculiar soil type predominates, les marnes bleues; this uncommon and highly chalky blue-tinted clay, rich in microfossils, is also sometimes encountered in the Jura and Pomerol where it is prized for its low pH, water-retentive properties and its influence on a wine's freshness and structure.
For the winemaking, the cinsault component was pressed directly to tank, and brings elegance, perfume and balance, while the Mourvèdre was bled, saignée-style, after several hours of skin contact, bringing vibrancy, complexity and chalky structure. Blending occurred before a wild yeast ferment. The wine was raised exclusively in tank for six months. It's a classic Pibarnon, which once again reminds us of how serious a great rosé can be.
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