Saturday, April 1, 2017

2016 Bargemone Rose

2016 Commanderie of Bargemone Rosé...$18.99

Light bright orange. Mineral-accented citrus fruit and red berry scents show very good clarity and pick up a suave floral note with aeration. Chewy and tightly wound, offering juicy cherry and red currant flavors that slowly put on weight as the wine stretches out. Shows good tension and cut on the finish, which lingers with strong, minerally persistence.
Rated 90/100 Vinous Media
* Sustainably grown.
Bargemone is among the foremost estates of the Coteaux d’Aix, a small fine wine district in the larger appellation of Provence. A benchmark producer of the delicious, dry rosé for which Provence is famous, the Commanderie was founded by the Knights Templar in the 13th century, and is home to a proud viticultural tradition with more than 160 acres of sustainably grown vineyards. Offering classic aromas of wild strawberries and red currants, with a light, floral character and a crisp, bone-dry palate, this is a rosé of reference, to be enjoyed year-round on its own or with a wide range of lighter fare and Provence-inspired cuisine. 30% Grenache, 30% Syrah, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon,15% Cinsault from 25+ year-old vines. 

Accolades from previous years!
91 pts, “Editors’ Choice” – Wine Enthusiast Magazine,7/16 (2015).
90 pts, “very good focus and persistence...” – JR, Vinous, 4/15 (2014).
90 pts, “A perennial favorite…” – JD, The WineAdvocate, 5/14 (2013).
90 pts, “One of my goto Provencal rosés” – The Wine Advocate, 6/13 (2012).
91 pts, “Editors’ Choice” – Wine Enthusiast Magazine, 7/12 (2011).
90 pts, “very good clarity and balance” – Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar, 7/11 (2010).
92 pts, "invigoratingly bright and fresh" – Wine & Spirits Magazine, 8/10 (2009).
“has long been one of France’s most delicious rosés.” – R. Parker, The World’s Best Values under $25, 11/09.

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