Decanter 97 Points, Gold Award
"Pale with a touch of orange. The larger helping of Grenache gives this wine a rounded red-fruit note. On the palate it is full, very rounded, lots of strawberry, red fruits, vinouse and creamy finish. Very good, utterly delicious with lingering ripe fruit."
Producer: Domaine Ray-Jane
Wine: 2015 Bandol Rosé
Varietals: 40% Grenache, 30% Mourvèdre, 30% Cinsault
Food: Watermelon salad, chicken sandwich, salad Nicoise
Cellaring: Drink now or hold
Domaine Ray-Jane, Le Castellet - Bandol (Provence)
Jane and Alain Constant own Domaine Ray-Jane which has been in their families since 1288. The vineyards spread over 64 acres in the terrroirs of Le Castellet and La Cadiere. The newly upgraded cellar is equipped with the latest technology (thermo-regulated stainless steel tanks for maceration of all 3 wines, automatic system for pumping over the red Bandol (coming soon). Alain’s father Raymond had a passion for all things used for winemaking (tools for vineyard management, barrel-making and winemaking) and a small museum lies on the property where a unique collection of over 20,000 tools is displayed.
Domaine Ray-Jane is certified organic. A third of the vines are 100 years old and planted on Restanques (terraces made of stones carved into the hills to prevent erosion and facilitate the natural distribution of water resources). The work in the vineyard is done without motorized tools (ploughing is done with horses and hoe). Harvest is manual.