Vinous Calls Pibarnon’s ‘Nuances’ a “Wild, Singular Wine”
Josh Raynolds of Vinous Media as part of his report, “The 2016 Rosé Roundup: Part One (Jun 2016),” awarded significant scores and lauded both of our rosé selections from Château de Pibarnon. The estate’s ‘Nuances’ in particular is worth attention: this amphora-fermented, 100% Mourvedre wine takes the intensity and age-ability of Pibarnon rosés to a whole new level. The reviews:
2015 Château de Pibarnon Rosé
Vivid orange-pink. Displays vibrant, sharply focused scents of fresh red berries, blood orange and pungent flowers, joined in the glass by a mineral nuance. Silky and dry in the mouth, offering energetic strawberry and orange zest flavors that flesh out slowly with air. Shows excellent clarity and stony cut on the finish and leaves suggestions of berry skin and honeysuckle behind.
2014 Château de Pibarnon Rosé ‘Nuances’
Bright orange-pink. Highly perfumed and precise on the nose, displaying scents of ripe raspberry, blood orange, white flowers and chalky minerals. Bright and deeply concentrated, offering palate-staining red berry liqueur and orange zest flavors and a touch of candied lavender. The mineral and floral qualities repeat emphatically on a strikingly long, incisive finish, which leaves behind notes of bitter blood orange and floral pastilles. This wild, singular wine was partially fermented in clay amphoras and aged in a 30-hectoliter Stockinger foudre; it shows the heft and power of a red wine combined with the elegance and precision of a white one.