The 2020 rosé is surprisingly balanced. On the nose, primary aromas continue to develop. Still a bit dense and collected, but only a few months are needed for it to relax, lie down and provide the palate with its bouncy persona, and finish with the saline finish that characterises it. A unique wine that has become a classic at the Domaine, and one that we have been working on for the past 40 years. It goes perfectly with colourful and inventive dishes full of sweet and rare spices. A four seasons rosé; ethereal, refreshing and fruity in the first few months and then more mineral, complex, long and structured. Red mullet, bottarga, saffron, Spanish ham, anchovy purée, Roquefort and roquette produce a delicate and fine pairing with the wine. Asian cuisine, raw fish, garlic and white meat also go well together.
In 1978, after visiting many French vineyards, Catherine and Henri de Saint Victor stopped in Bandol in the secret hope of acquiring a wine-producing estate. While lunching in a little restaurant by the harbour, they discovered the 1975 Château Pibarnon Red and were immediately struck by the quality of that great wine. They noted down the information and, without wasting another minute, Henri and Catherine set off to inspect the property. They were received by Modesto Ramognino's successor who happened to mention that he was finding life very hard at Pibarnon, perhaps too hard. The cellar and the house obtained their water supplies from wells and had no running water, the soil was very stony and the environment very harsh. However, the beauty of the site, at an altitude of 300 metres overlooking the scrubland of Provence and the Mediterranean, and the wine they had sampled, persuaded Catherine and Henri to utter the words that were to thrust them into a new life: "We're interested i
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