La Petite Reine, Bandol Rosé 2017

Côtes de Provence

75cl bottle: £16.95 £14.95

Case of 12 75cl bottles: £203.40 £179.40

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A small parcel of exceptional rosé from Bandol - the most highly esteemed rosé appellation in Provence which is known as the little queen or "La Petite Reine" in French. This very serious rosé wine is a real treat for rosé lovers. Only made in tiny quantities so order quickly.

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Our Tasting Notes

Pale melon pink in appearance with a remarkably expressive bouquet of red and citrus fruits and fresh spice. The palate is refreshing and shows great length and intensity. As close as it gets to a 'gastronomic' rosé. Delicious.

Wine Data

Grape variety: Cinsault, Grenache, Mourvèdre
Appellation: Bandol
Alcohol: 13.5%

About

Bandol is certainly the most famous Provencal appellation. The AOP includes a few villages around the Bandol town. The sunshine and nearby Mediterranean Sea help create the perfect environment for the Mourvèdre grape. The appellation laws on culture, yield and ageing of Bandol wines ensure they are the most prestigious wines of Provence.

fromvineyardsdirect

"Exquisite aromas of jasmine, ripe strawberries and dried flowers. The soft palate has got lots of creamy, honeyed fruit flavours with balancing acidity and a herbal, saline freshness. This is drinking very well now but its concentration and purity suggest this rosé will age at least another year" TOP 10 ROSÉS FROM AROUND THE WORLD, Decanter, August 2016 92 Points


"Bandol is a small coastal appellation between Marseilles and Toulon within the large Provence region – but it’s not just in Provence, it’s the crème de la crème of vinous Provence, high up with breathtaking views and more hours of sunshine than any other French wine region. It’s the sun and warmth that ensure the ripening of the characterful but late-ripening Mourvèdre, the principal grape in all the rosés and reds. The Negrel family’s La Petite Reine, is typically Provençal pale, but Mourvèdre gives extra perfume, a fuller, silkier texture and greater depth to the spicy, sweet red fruit flavours. Drink it on its own or with seafood, charcuterie, chicken, salade niçoise, pissaladière or any number of other summery dishes – and dream of summer." Joanna Simon, House & Garden/joannasimon.com


"The Negrel family also source grapes from other areas, such as nearby Bandol. 2015 Bandol La Petite Reine has benefitted from a year’s bottle age compared to the 2016 vintage. The palate had filled out with more weight and herbal fruit and a streak of tannin to give it some structure. £12.95 from www.fromvineyardsdirect.com" Taste Languedoc


"Bandol is the most prestigious of all Provence rosés. The vast number of sunshine hours and proximity to the Mediterranean means they have concentration and definition, making them prime candidates for a small amount of ageing - not something you would usually consider with rosé! This example has typical peppery notes alongside the elegant cherry and red apple skin flavours. It has a fresh acidity that cleanses the palate and leads into a lovely red apple, cherry and raspberry finish." 89 Points, Decanter