Domaine la Suffrene Winery, Bandol Rose, 2020

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Winery Domaine la Suffrene
Varieties 40% Mourvèdre / 30% Cinsault / 20% Grenache / 10% Carignan
Farming Practices over ten years of practicing organic / organic certification underway for 2021
Soils argilo-calcaire / parcels include limestone and magnesium rich silty soils and clayey soils
Trellis system goblet
Hectares/Acres 28 ha yielding less than 40HL per hectare
Altitude 90 - 260m
Exposure multiple
Harvest Technique hand-harvested and sorted
Year Vines Were Planted 1940 - 1975
Yeast ambient
Fermentation juice is separated for each pressing cycle / fermentation to less than 2g/L RS over two weeks / lots are blended in January
Malolactic no
Maturation 6 months in tank / released in June
Sulfur total 98mg/L
Filter yes
Fining bentonite
Alcohol 13.5%
Size 750ml
Country France
Region Provence
Sub-region Bandol

This Estate, located in the appellation of Bandol, has been a Gravier family homestead and vineyard for generations but the grapes had always been sold to local cooperatives. Cedric, the latest family member to take the helm saw the potential and jumped in with both feet, making 1996 the first vintage at the estate to be bottled under the name Domaine de la Suffrene. The Bandol Rose, so true to the character of this Provencale classic, is a blend of Mourvedre (40%), Cinsault (30%), Grenache (20%), and Carignan (10%). The malo-lactic fermentations are typically blocked to retain freshness.

Pairs well with: Charcuteries, olive tapenade crostini, grilled eggplant, grilled lamb leg or shoulder.

"This Rose reminds me of my time in the south of France 🇫🇷." Chef Andres