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Domaine de la Ribotte, Bandol Rosé, Cuvée Anais, 2017

Bandol produces the finest rosés in the world. This is the fIfth vintage we have shipped of this example made by Laurence Desblache and her son Nicolas. Pale salmon robe. Amazing aromas of peach juice and pink grapefruit leap out of the glass; followed by delectable intensity of peach melba and cream. Really well-textured, with a characteristic long and mineral, even saline, finish.  We have lost count of the number of customers who have told us that this wine is the best rosé they have ever tasted. (Note: not for people who want rosé that doesn't taste of anything!)  Now-2020

Domaine de la Ribotte, Bandol Rosé, Cuvée Anais, 2013

Product Code: RIB517

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Rated 1 out of 5
Dry > Sweet
  • Origin: France
  • Region: Bandol
  • Vintage: 2017
  • Colour: Rosé
  • Bottle Size: 75cl
  • ABV: 13.5%
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The Jancis Robinson team tasted 125 rosés last summer, and Richard Hemming MW made thw 2016 vintage the first of his top three picks "chosen for variety of style and price, not just score". He described it as "the classic Provence model, executed brilliantly, and fairly priced at under £20". It was, incidentally, the second highest scoring rosé of the 125, topped only by one priced at £70 a bottle!
"Fairly pale salmon colour. Lovely light floral fragrance and just-ripe wild raspberry aromas. Creamy on the palate with a rich texture that has weight and intensity through to the long finish. Very impressive and highbrow. Not hugely complex, but the weight and breadth and clarity gives it huge interest. 17+ Now-2020", Richard Hemming MW,, 27th June 2017.

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 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 spent over £12 on a bottle we would greatly encourage you to try the cuvée Anais: Laurence’s wine would not be out of place in a tasting amongst more prestigious and expensive examples.

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