<table border="0" align="right" width="135"><tr><td><img src="http://www.wineloverspage.com/graphics1/nore1001.jpg" border="1" align="right"></td></tr></table>Domaine du Gros Noré 2005 Bandol Rosé ($18.99)
Very pale copper color, light even for a rosé. Pleasant and subtle, delicate scents mingle berries, herbs of Provence and hints of earth, "tree bark" and "forest floor" or "<i>sous bois</i>" if you want to sound like a French wine geek (or would that be "<i>gique</i>"?) Juicy berry fruit and tart acidity on the palate, with that subtle earthiness whispering in the background. Well balanced though rather hefty for a pink wine at 13.5 percent alcohol, showing a lot of complexity and flavor interest for a pink wine; it's no mere summer quaffer. A blend of 40% Mourvèdre, 40% Cinsault and 20% Grenache. U.S. importer: Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant, Berkeley. (Oct. 1, 2006)
<B>FOOD MATCH:</b> It went beautifully with an omelet stuffed with sharp Cheddar cheese; a classic match is <i>Salade Niçoise</i>.
<B>VALUE:</B> The upper teens are rather rarefied air for a pink wine, but this exceptional rosé justifies the toll with complexity and balance.
<B>WHEN TO DRINK:</B> Rosé in general is a wine to be drunk up young and fresh, and even if this sturdy model might have the stuffing to break the rule, I'm not sure what would be the point of it. Drink over the coming year.
<B>Bandol</B> = "<I>Bahn-dole</I>"
The Gros-Noré Website
is available only in French, but it's worth a visit for the pictures and topographical map of the region, even if your command of French is limited to reading wine labels.
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