"Bandol takes its name from the port from which the produce of the surrounding vineyards has been shipped for the last 200 years. Until the harbour at Bandol was built, it is said that barrels of wine were thrown into the sea to be taken on board by ships anchored off the coast. Any prosperity vanished with the arrival of phylloxera, which virtually destroyed the vineyards here. Few had the heart to replant, and those that did mostly chose hybrids. Although it was one of the earlier appellations – dating from 1941 – Bandol had to wait until the middle of the twentieth century for its renaissance.Pink Bandol comes from the same permitted grape varieties as the red but tends to contain more Grenache and Cinsault. Here the blend is Mourvèdre, Grenache, Carignan and Syrah."
Although pale in colour, this is a rosé de garde, with the ability to age and evolve over several years.