We had an amazing afternoon by the sea in the stunning village of Cassis to taste the 2016 vintage rosé and grab a quick lunch with the Genovesi family. It was the perfect setting to take our first look at the Domaine du Bagnol 2016 Cassis Rosé. Jean-Louis describes the 2016 vintage to be very strong but a bit difficult. The dry weather in the summer concentrated the fruit at the end of the growing season, lowering their potential yields. Quantities are down by 15% compared to 2015, giving us a little less wine to offer this year.
The 2016 rosé has a pale cherry color with a slight copper tinge. It is full-bodied and well structured, with fresh red berry fruit, tart apple skin, and notes of spice and dried herbs. As usual, it is a blend of 41% Grenache, 33% Mourvedre, and 26% Cinsault all of which is direct-press juice. The color is a bit lighter than last year’s, but the wine has a bit more power behind it.
Neil –[Photo is Sébastien Genovesi]