Here are some very brief notes from a Rose' tasting our group did last summer.
The blind tasting for the evening included 8 bottles of French Rose' (7 from the 2004 vintage and 1 from 2003), plus 1 bottle of domestic non-vintage wine. Unfortunatley, the domestic wine (McCrea Cellars Vin Rose' from WA) was heavily oxidized and not drinkable. This was a big disappointment, because several of us had tasted it in the past and liked it quite a bit. It would have been interesting to see how it compared to the French wines in this blind tasting. I don't recall exactly, but I believe we had 12 tasters turn in their score sheets that night.
Three of the French wines were from the Bandol, which is known for its excellent Rose' wines. Surprisingly, they finished in 6th-7th-8th places; this included a lovely bottle from the renowned Domaine Tempier, the cult wine of the Rose' world. In general, the high-priced bottles rated poorly during the evening, while the three lowest priced wines took top honors. Here are the results, in order of most favored to least:
2004 Mas des Bressades: 29 points (4 first, 2 second, 0 last) A blend of 50% Grenache, 30% Cinsault and 20% Syrah. This wine has an outstanding bouquet, with floral hints reminiscent of Muscat. ($12, Robert Kacher Selections)
2004 Château Grand Cassagne Costieres de Nimes: 40 points (3 first, 3 second, 0 last) A blend of 60% Syrah, 35% Grenache and 5% Mourvedre. This wine probably had the most up-front fruit flavors of all. ($10, Robert Kacher Selections)
2004 Domaine Massamier La Mignarde Cuvee des Oliviers Coteaux des Peyriac: 52 points (0 first, 2 second, 0 last) A blend of 80% Cinsault, 10% Syrah and 10% Grenache; reddish-pink color. ($9)
2004 Henri Bourgeois Grande Reserve Sancerre: 55 points (0 first, 2 second, 2 last) Yes, a Sancerre Rose'; and some of us thought all Sancerre wines were white. Blend unknown. ($23)
2004 Commanderie de la Bargemone Coteaux d'Aix en Provence: 56 points (1 first, 1 second, 1 last) A classic blend of Grenache, Cinsaut and Syrah. ($15)
2003 Domaine de Terrebrune Bandol: 58 points (1 first, 1 second, 1 last) Extremely pale with just a hint of pink. Blend unknown, but probably like the other Bandol wines. ($25)
2004 Domaine Tempier Bandol: 62 points (3 first, 0 second, 4 last) A blend of Mourvedre, Grenache and Cinsaut. ($28 )
2004 Château Pradeaux Bandol: 68 points (0 first, 1 second, 2 last) A blend of Mourvedre, Grenache and Cinsaut. ($26)