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Domaine de la Ribotte, Bandol Rose, Cuvee Anais, 2017

Bandol produces the finest rosés in the world. This is the fifth vintage we have shipped of this wonderful example, based on Mourvèdre, made by Laurence Desblache and her son Nicolas.

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 Cuvée Anaïs bit is tied round the neck rather than printed on the label which may be a bit dangerous. Really pretty salmon pink colour. Lovely fresh earthiness on thenose, as if someone had just dug into the turf. Sweet, juicy start. More open and a little bit simpler than the blessed Tempier but agreeably savoury and very appetising on the end. This would be serious as an aperitif - though is certainly possible.  It really builds on the finish and surely has a little saltiness(!) on the end. Good stuff. 16.5/20",, 20th June 2018

Wonderful Bandol rosé, based on Mourvèdre: 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 a rosé that doesn't taste of anything!)  Now-2020

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 £15 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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