B-21 Top Recommendation
Hollywood A-listers and French actors may have brought rosé into the limelight of late, but Michel and Louis Bronzo of Bastide Blanche have been working on the perfect specimen since 1970. Planted on terraced hillside vineyards resembling a natural amphitheater in the village of Castellet, Bastide Blanche's southeast-facing vineyards are buffered by the massif of Sainte Baume. This unique pattern results in perfect growing conditions for their Mourvedre, Cinsault and Grenache, the mistral winds protecting their Bandol vines from disease. These hills are arid, the top soils of pebbles giving way to limestone beneath. Fractured soils allow the drainage required for slow ripening grapes, making Bastide Blanche's vineyards among the lowest yielding in the region. Theirs is a rosé famous for its salinity and stone fruits, lifted by citrus nuances of orange peel and ripe tangerine. This is serious rosé, but not so serious as to be expensive – just the way I like 'em. Nothing beats their 2018, period. You'll want plenty of this to last through the season.