Hecht & Bannier - Bandol 2016 - Rose Wine- 750 ml
WHAT THE CRITICS ARE SAYING
“The 2016 Bandol Rosé contains a hefty 60% Mourvèdre, well above the minimum 20% required by the appellation. It's a medium-bodied, silky-textured wine, floral, complex and long, with hints of crushed stone, raspberries and cherries.” Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate
In Aix-en-Provence, we pair this wine with typical provençal dishes: fresh grilled tuna and bottarga, gently fried zucchini flowers or perhaps a puree of chickpeas with spring garlic and saffron or a fritto misto.
“Being demanding, make choices and pursue them.” Gregory and François share these common values and skills that they learned from their previous experiences. Gregory Hecht and François Bannier were university classmates who reunited a few years later to create this négociant business. Based in Aix-en-Provence but with a production facility in Minervois as well, the partners' first vintage (10,000 bottles) was in 2001. Following visit of hundreds of domains, days and nights of arguing conversations and wonders about their blends, Gregory Hecht and François Bannier bottle at the end of 2003 four cuvées of Southern France appellations: Minervois, Saint Chinian, Faugères and Côtes du Roussillon. Hardly a hundred cases of each wine, the miserable profit of a rigorous and drastic selection of each varietal on every best location. “Lovely spoon negoce” pokes a grower whom they buy two precious hectoliters of Mouvèdre for the Faugères blend. Following years will enjoy the blossoming of new cuvées and wines spreading out alongside the Mediterranean arc. Core principles remain unchanged: blending the fruit of several growers within an appellation, long ageing, severe work on blends to offer under a single brand the quintessenciel expression of each AOP. Craft hand-made negoce, boutique wines. Tasters may sometimes be overwhelmed by the wines but these cuvées claim their style and signature. “Fascinating, ambitious, accomplished new negociant” wrote Jancis Robinson in 2005 with other famous wine writers who early enable a tremendous success of the company in USA, Canada and Japan.
Sources : Evenos, Ollioule, La Cadière-d’Azur, Le Castellet
Varieties: Mourvèdre, Grenache, Cinsault
Terroir: The Bandol appellation has a wide variety of soils, subsoils and grapes. In the realisation of this Bandol rosé, our goal is to go far in the Mourvèdre expression and make a real Bandol rosé.
Unlike our Côtes de Provence rosé, easy to drink and thirst-quenching, our Bandol is a structured rosé, for automn and winter, with different wine and food pairings and a real ageing potential. Mourvedre grown in the finest, coolest and latest-ripening sites of the Bandol appellation is the source for our blend. We really want a refined rosé, able to age beautifully in bottle.
Maturing: Stainless steel vat