2017 Domaine La Bastide Blanche Bandol Rosé (France, Bandol - Mourvèdre, Grenache, Cinsault, Clairette) 93 Points, "This certifiably organic rosé is once again one of our top picks of the year. This is classic Bandol in every way, and not artificially toned down in color with charcoal or water down fruit. What separates this rosé from others is its crowd-pleasing texture and its penetrating and persistent Mourvèdre fruit purity - all harvested from 30-year-old vines on the hillside terraces of Bandol. It is structured, complex and exotic, offering a yin and yang of weight and freshness. What really stands outs here is the sheer depth of flavor; a concentrated core of cherry, macerated strawberries, guava, tangerine, and blood orange are all accented by crushed flowers, chalky minerality and an herbaceous touch. There is a tongue-staining finish that goes on for more than a minute! This is a serious rosé - if you are looking for something more in your glass of rosé, we highly recommend this old school gem!"