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Bandol Château Salettes 2014

Rose Wine from France - Provence / Massif / Corsica
From an old estate and a new, young and dynamic winemaker, this is a lovely full-bodied pink Bandol whose quality has also been recognised by the Decanter World Wine Awards, who this year awarded it the coveted International Trophy for rosé under £15. Perfect for summertime drinking.
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Code: FC28271

Wine characteristics

  • Rose Wine
  • 1 - Bone dry
  • Mourvedre
  • 13.5% Alcohol
  • No oak influence
  • Cork, natural

Château de Salettes

As the name would suggest, this estate's origins are based in the salt industry which at one time was significantly more valuable than grapes. Times have, of course, changed.

There have always been vineyards here but until recently the harvest was largely sold off. Winemaking therefore is something new at Salettes and there is in charge a dynamic cellar master who since taking over the day-to-day running of the estate has made dramatic improvements. These improvements have been rewarded with awards, notably by the UK press.

The vineyard lies on gentle slopes from the foot of the pretty Provençal hill-top village of La Cadière d'Azur and almost as far as the sea. Part of the vineyard was classed as Appellation Bandol back in 1941 and part was not though the land is just as good and indeed makes very promising wine.

Curiously for Bandol, a significant percentage of the vineyard is planted with white grapes, especially clairette. Of the reds, mourvèdre has the lion's share. Traditional winemaking methods are employed throughout with little intervention, and for the reds no fining or filtration and fermentation in large oak foudres.

2014 vintage reviews

Decanter

International Roséunder £15 Trophy: Warm, humming and perfumed summer-day aromas showing thecombined sweetness of cinsault and grenache. Vivid, elegant, lively, spicypalate which holds a big...
International Roséunder £15 Trophy: Warm, humming and perfumed summer-day aromas showing thecombined sweetness of cinsault and grenache. Vivid, elegant, lively, spicypalate which holds a big armful of soft red fruits, hints of earth and a touchof orange zest, all delivering a gratifying but forceful finish. 
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- World Wine Awards

The Scotsman

From the quaintProvencal village of La Cadiere d’Azur, this floral aromatic pink is one of thebest roses I have tasted from this corner of France.  The owners of thisivy-covered chateau and...
From the quaintProvencal village of La Cadiere d’Azur, this floral aromatic pink is one of thebest roses I have tasted from this corner of France.  The owners of thisivy-covered chateau and vineyard, the Ricard-Boyers, used to sell off theirgrapes, but now with a dynamic young winemaker (who trained in Montpellier andNew Zealand) they are making their own.  A blend of organically-grownmourvèdre, cinsault and grenache are fermented on their wild yeasts – superbsummery rose.  No wonder it scooped the Decanter Wine Awards under £15Rose trophy.
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- Rose Murray Brown

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