Domaine de la Ribotte
The Domaine de la Ribotte is a family affair. Maurice Desblache’s grandfather bought the domaine which is now run by Maurice’s wife Laurence, the first female winemaker in Bandol, and their son Nicolas.
I came across their rosé while judging gold medal winners at the Decanter World Wine Awards. When we traced the family we were surprised to discover that they had never exported before, and even in France you can really only buy their wine from the Domaine or from the Marché de Bandol, where Laurence has been selling it almost every day for the past 35 years!
If you love rosé and have never spend over £15 on a bottle we would greatly encourage you to try the cuvée Anais. Bandol arguably produces the best rosés in the world and Laurence’s wine has proven that it can stand proud in a tasting amongst more prestigious and expensive examples.
Bandol arguably produces the finest rosés in the world and numerous vintages of the Desblaches' wine have featured with high praise in the press, for example Decanter magazine and Jancis Robinson MW’s column in the Financial Times Weekend.
Their red is a typical, old-fashioned Bandol, with the dominant Mourvèdre giving it intense black fruit and structure. It keeps very well although it can be poured with robust cuisine (venison, or a deeply flavoured daube of beef) young.