B-21 Top Recommendation
I can't recall the year precisely – 20 years ago, perhaps 25 – but I'll never forget my first exposure to southern French rosé. I was in Côte d'Azur – Saint-Cyr-sur-Mer to be specific – near the village of Bandol on France's southeast coast near Marseille. At the time, I was the typical red wine hound, always asking after the best wine of the region – no matter where I was stationed. I asked the waitress to bring us her favorite Bandol; I knew where I was and was looking forward to a bold, dynamic, Mourvedre-based beauty to start my adventures off right. Much to my surprise, this young lady appears table-side with a bucket; filled with a bit of ice, a bit of water – and something PINK! "Dear, I ordered Bandol – your finest." "Sir, this IS Bandol – our finest." That was when my love affair with all things Rose from the south of France – began. And I've never looked back. Southern French rosé is as complex, thought provoking and diverse as any wine in that country. 2019 marks the sixth vintage of La Mascaronne we have recommended here, reinforced by the recent Wine Advocate review article "Provence Rose – A Bounceback Vintage" (29 May 2020), La Mascaronne scored just a point beneath the top $50 contender reviewed. Now fill those rose-colored glasses!