Rosé doesn't get more complex than this lovely example from Provence. On the palate, the flavor goes richer, with deep strawberry and cherry flavors wrapped around a core of mineral zing and some toothsome tannins. Burnt orange peel and black tar finish off this complex and aggressive pink wine.

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La Bastide Blanche 2010 Bandol Rosé

Posted by Keith Wallace

Pink was the color of both fallen samurai in ancient Japan and American gangsters of the 1920s.  Now, Pink is “My Lil’ Pony” and Kindergarten birthday parties.  That is a crying shame; too many people ignore rosé wines simply because of the hue.

This bottle is the antithesis of light and easy and sweet: it’s more Al Capone than Fudgie the Whale. Copper-colored, this wine has aromas of fresh tobacco and red fruits. On the palate, the flavor goes richer, with deep strawberry and cherry flavors wrapped around a core of mineral zing and some toothsome tannins. Burnt orange peel and black tar finish off this complex and aggressive pink wine.

6 thoughts on “La Bastide Blanche 2010 Bandol Rosé”

  1. I’ve used this as a table wine and for cooking, it works beautifully for both. I would rate it a 4 star, the deep cherry flavor, the fruitiness really makes it a great pairing for dark meat like beef or even chicken thighs.

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  2. I’ve used this as a table wine and for cooking, it works beautifully for both. I would rate it a 4 star, the deep cherry flavor, the fruitiness really makes it a great pairing for dark meat like beef or even chicken thighs.

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