Domaine du Gros Nore Rose 2017
This wine was just rated Top Rosé, with 96 points, in the latest Gourmet Traveller Wine magazine rosé special. It came in above the likes of Domaine Tempier, one of Bandol’s most iconic estates and which sells for considerably more. Huon Hooke was on the tasting panel and declared it “a benchmark” rosé.
The rosé is a blend of 50% Mourvedre, 25% Cinsault and 25% Grenache, with the fruit coming from vines with an average age of 30 years.
“Light, brilliant orange. Displays mineral-laced redcurrant, blood orange and peach scents, along with a suave floral quality that builds in the glass. Silky and penetrating on the palate, offering juicy raspberry and nectarine flavors that are lifted and sharpened by a hint of bitter orange pith. Finishes very long and smooth, with lingering lavender and pit fruit notes.” 92/100, Josh Raynolds, vinous.com, August 2018.