A friend of mine served a 2007 Domaine Tempier Bandol rosé the other night before dinner, with chips and guacamole. She was a bit hesitant at first, knowing rosés are usually at their best when freshest and aren’t typically meant to age. But the bottle (and apparently another one) was still in her cellar, and she opted to serve it.
Actually, it drank very well. Pale pink-copper in color, the wine was still fresh and lively, with strawberry, cherry and rhubarb flavors. There’s no point in aging this wine any longer. (You're likely to find the outstanding 2009 bottling in the market now.) But there’s no rush to drink it either. I gave it 87 points, non-blind.
Speaking of aging rosés, a few days ago, I received an interesting communiqué from Winebid.com’s Powell Yang about a prized 1996 rosé. “We had a bottle of 1996 Sine Qua Non E-Lips Rose that hammered at $1,300 this past Sunday night,” Yang wrote. “Including buyer’s premium and insurance, the total is $1,495.”
Given Sine Qua Non’s cult following, this bottle was no doubt acquired for its value as a rarity and collectible, not to mention Manfred Krankl’s art. Wonder if we’ll ever find out if the wine is still alive and worth drinking.
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