2018 La Suffrene Bandol Rosé

Bandol, France

Decanter Magazine's Top Rosé from over 16,000 submissions... for the second year in a row.


It adds up to an irresistible whole.

2019 Decanter World Wine Awards

About The Wine

Domaine La Suffrene is a family estate that spans a 50-hectare domaine across the sand, limestone, chalk and clay of the Bandol region.

Cedric Gravier changed the course of this family's history when he and his Grandfather began making their own wine from the fruit they used to sell to the local co-op.

Cedric now makes some of the region's benchmark wines using a mix of traditional and modern winemaking techniques. His Rosé has been the Top Rated at the Decanter World Wine Awards for the last two years. 

This is a bold, powerful Bandol which doesn't sacrifice early deliciousness on its quest to greatness.

Young winemaker Cedric Gravier
Young winemaker Cedric Gravier
Bandol, France
Additional Info

From The Producer

Soil : Different Plots located on different soils and exhibits on the communes of La Cadière-d’Azur and Le Castellet. Our soils are based on a limestone geological base, on which we can find different types of calci-magnesians soils like silty soils (ex : « Les safres du brûlat »), some very clayey soils (« Côtes » area) and superficial, clayey and very stony soils (ex : Les Lauves).

Harvest : Manual harvest, sorting on the vine and cellar. Maximum output of 40 hl/ha.

Blend : Mourvedre (40%), Cinsault (30%), Grenache (20%), Carignan (10%)
Closure : Cork
Drink Until : 2038
Bottle Size : 750ml

Cedric in the cellar
Cedric in the cellar
Bandol, France
Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews

Decanter World Wine Awards

"The art of Rosé is the art of understatement, the art of creating a drinkability so complete that it almost contrives to efface its own origins. Almost. Yet it's a mark of the greatness of this rosé that those origins do linger - namely the distinguished clay-marl terraces of Bandol, and the contentment of the Mourvedre which so relishes growing there. This is a deeper salmon than many of its peers, with scintillatingly peachy-floral fruits. The origins come through most clearly in the palate, with its sustained shaping structure from those contented Mourvedre vines. The Grenache, meanwhile, has brought wealth and fleshy Cinsault charm. It adds up to an irresistible whole." - Decanter World Wine Awards 2019


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