The wine boasts a youthful coral color and offers fruity notes of strawberry, cherry blossom and watermelon. Juicy and generous in the mouth, quenching and round with a nice balanced finish. Open ½ hour before serving and decanting is highly recommended.
It traditionally pairs well with fish, seafood, white meat and provencal dishes, such as Bouillabaisse (fish soup). It is also excellent with cheese and "international cuisine", spicy Indian, Chinese, Thai, Japanese cuisine.
"Bright orange. Mineral-inflected raspberry, nectarine and blood orange aromas are complemented by lavender and dusty mineral nuances. Gently chewy and focused on the palate, offering concentrated red berry and citrus fruit flavors supported by a spine of juicy acidity. Shows strong tenacity on the mineral-driven finish, which leaves behind a hint of candied flowers. - Josh Raynolds"
- Antonio Galloni's Vinous (June 2021), 93 pts
"Darker in color than some rosés from the region, this nevertheless has the right freshness and lift. Bright fruit flavors are balanced with grapefruit freshness and spice, with an attractively perfumed aftertaste. Drink now. Organic. - ROGER VOSS"
- Wine Enthusiast (September 2021), 90 pts
"For the Provence region, this rosé is on the dark side. Its depth of color parallels its depth of flavor, with ripe raspberry fruits and rich acidity. The wine is full while retaining a final freshness. Drink from late 2020. - Roger VOSS"
- Wine Enthusiast Magazine (June/July 2020), 89 pts
"Produced mainly with Mourvèdre, this orange-pink-colored wine is smooth and ripe. It has a feeling of fullness, with flavors of concentrated spice, caramel and red plum. The wine is likely to be ready from late 2019 or even 2020. - Roger VOSS"
- Wine Enthusiast Magazine (August 2019), 89 pts
"This is a rich style of rosé, due to the high proportion of Mourvèdre in the blend and to the warm exposure of the vineyard. But it is balanced, the rich red fruits easily cut with acidity and with a touch of minerality. Drink the wine now. - Roger Voss"
- Wine Enthusiast (July 2018), 91 pts
"This is deep salmon pink with copper highlights and is all about the red fruits. There’s strawberry on the nose but without being at all jammy. In the mouth it's equally ripe and fruity, but it's a real wine - not a bubblegum rosé. It’s structured, with an edge of tannin and a zip of freshness to balance the fruit, and a long finish. - Sarah Jane Evans MW"
- Decanter (October 4th 2018), 91 pts
"From a great domaine, the 2017 Bandol Rosé (80% Mourvèdre and 20% Grenache) is, as always, made in a slightly richer style, and shows complex notes of cherries, garrigue, spice, and even a touch of earth. Medium-bodied, nicely textured, and length, it’s a rosé for the dinner table and will keep for another year or so."
- Jeb Dunnuck (March 27th 2019), 90 pts
"This rich, orange-pink-colored wine is intensely fruity while also structured. Dry although with a good streak of ripe berry and orange flavors, the wine is very much for food. The ripe aftertaste lingers deliciously. - Roger Voss"
- Wine Enthusiast (July 2018), 90 pts
"A terrific food Rosé, the 2015 Bandol Rose sports a medium pink color to go with lots of salty minerality, bright cherry, and strawberry aromas and flavors. It has texture and freshness. - Jeb Dunnuck"
- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (May 2016), 90 pts
"Rich, lightly colored and full of acidity, this wine is rich in texture and flavor for a Provence rosé. Plenty of ripe strawberry and citrus flavors are lifted by spice and generous acidity. The wine is ready to drink, although it will be better from late 2016."
- Wine Enthusiast (July 2016), 89 pts
"With 60% Mourvèdre, this blend is rich and spicy. It has great acidity, still fresh and accented by red and citrus fruits. Minerality and an herbal element come from the garrigue that surrounds the vines. The wine has certainly benefited from a year's aging."
- Wine Enthusiast (July 2016), 90 pts
"This plump, creamy style offers lightly muddled fresh strawberry and white cherry flavors lined with a subtle tea note through the finish. Drink now. 55 cases imported. JM"
- Wine Spectator (2015), 88 pts
"A solid effort from this seaside appellation, the 2014 Bandol Rose has lots of cherry blossom, watermelon, blackberry and floral characteristics to go with a medium-bodied, juicy and nicely balanced feel on the palate. One of the more fruit-driven rosés from Bandol, it nevertheless has some tannic grip and should drink nicely over the coming year.- Jeb Dunnuck"
- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue #219, June 2015), 87 pts
Domaine de La Bégude was founded in 1996 by brothers Guillaume and Louis Tari, who continue an old family wine tradition (Château Giscours, 3rd Cru, Margaux). Today the estate is ...