Originally Posted by gomestar
I don't quite understand why Bandol roses are so expensive. Yes, they're delicious, but I can't entirely justify spending $24-25 for one (or $32-35 for the Tempier), when there's dozens of also delicious examples from Provent, Spain, and other areas of france for $10-14.
Well I can't believe I have to explain a $35 bottle of wine to you lot of high-rollers...
Well there's geography - the land is within spitting distance of the Med and a short commute from Marseille - and it also doesn't help that Parker called it the best rose in the world so there is your price explanation. For me, not only is it delicious but it is the most delicious rose I know and brings back a lot of nice memories for me and my wife. I buy this by the case but I also buy Fontsainte gris de gris ($14) and a local rose by Joie Farms ($~20) which are easier on the wallet but don't evoke the same feelings as the Tempier.
Tonight - non-descript Primitivo with a bit of age on it. Starting to brick in colour but lots of guts although a bit of an iodine quality.