Domaine du Bagnol Cassis Rosé 2019
Grenache-Mourvèdre Blend｜Provence, France
Domaine du Bagnol has long been a sommelier's "go-to" wine, rosé or otherwise. During any other time about 65 cases or so would be allocated to California. In my restaurant days I'd have to beg for 2-3 cases to add to the list. Nowadays things are a bit different but it's still passionately fought over. We received but a few cases to offer our dear members.
Yes, cassis may be recognized as crème de cassis, that syrupy-sweet currant liqueur made from the eponymous fruit, but it's also a commune in southern France, nestled in the Côte d'Azur in Provence. The region is incredibly tiny island of superb quality wine relative to the mass-produced Côte de Provence surrounding it.
And Domaine du Bagnol stands among a small group of vaunted producers making true gourmand wines of character. This delicate, yet assertive rosé comes from organic vines from estate vineyards a short 600-foot walk from Mediterranean coast. Complex, subtle wines like this go beautifully with the local specialty, bouillabaisse – that rich fisherman's seafood stew enriched with saffron, orange zest, fennel, and garlicky aioli.
Endlessly floral and complex, with yellow cherry, apricot pit, rosemary, lavender, rocky minerals, and fresh orange zest, this is a connoisseur's rosé of the highest caliber.