Domaine de Terrebrune's Bandol Rouge tastes of the arid landscape from which it is born. Aromas of rosemary, garrigue, fennel, and dried violet waft from the glass, before presenting a pure, stoic pillar of more earthly flavors on the palate. Terrestrial and ethereal at once, Terrebrune embraces both Bandol's more regal and gratifyingly rustic characters. 85% Mourvèdre, 10% Grenache, 5% Cinsaut. — 4 years ago
Bastide de la Ciselette is one of the newest entrants to Bandol, only opening its doors in 2010. Both their rosé and red Bandol wines are excellent and welcome additions to their tiny categories. The 2017 rosé demonstrates tremendous complexity, especially considering its youth. Grassy, herbaceous flavors of jasmine and lavender meet notes of leather and garrigue, as well as a distinctively bitter tahini-like quality on the biting finish. A whopping 72% Mourvèdre (a high percentage for Bandol rosé) deserves much of the credit for the wine's character. — 4 years ago
Domaine Tempier may well be the most famous name in Bandol, so much so that it's difficult to discern if they're more beloved for their rosé or their rouge, both of which have earned diehard followings. Tempier is also one of the few Bandol wineries to craft a suite of single vineyard bottlings. Their entry level red, however, is what you'll more frequently encounter - and it always delivers. To sum up the wine in a word? Spice. Seductive and piquant, it tastes of anise, ginger, spice cake, cassis, and black plum. Streamlined and pure, the wine also merits praise for its chalky texture and tannic structure that provide this Bandol such tremendous longevity. 75% Mourvèdre, 14% Grenache, 9% Cinsaut, 2% Carignan. — 4 years ago
Considered a benchmark for the region, Château de Pibarnon crafts a simply extraordinary Bandol Rouge. Enjoying this slowly over the last three hours, my tasting notes change with every sip. At first it was game and anise, later dried violets and marzipan. Now, as my glass nears empty, it tastes of crushed rocks, iodine, leather, fresh figs, and dark chocolate. The textural complexities have too evolved with time - softening from its initial tannic austerity to an ethereal elegance. Luckily, two-thirds of the bottle remain, and I can’t wait to see what this wine has to say tomorrow. 90% Mourvèdre, 10% Grenache. — 4 years ago
Domaine Du Gros ‘Noré harvests some of the most pedigreed fruit in Bandol, for years selling their grapes to Domaine Ott and Château de Pibarnon. Today, they craft a Bandol Rouge of elegance and length. Its fruit profile in this vintage veers just a notch redder than many of its peers - tasting of red currants, plum and game. 80% Mourvèdre, 15% Grenache, 5% Cinsaut.
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Bastide de la Ciselette leans lighter and fresher in their expression of Bandol Rouge. Soft, caressing tannins find length in a wine that tastes of brambly black fruits, licorice, and resinous rosemary. While deceptively approachable for a young wine from this corner of Provence, hints of vanillin on the finish indicate it has yet to fully come into its own. 80% Mourvèdre, 20% Grenache. — 4 years ago
Whereas most of Bandol's top estates concentrate themselves in the appellation's center, Domaine de Terrebrune, a personal favorite, finds itself on the eastern edge. While its name may connote heavier soils, a bedrock of limestone gives Terrebrune's wines their finesse and ethereal precision. With flavors of rounded river rocks, cherry pit, raspberry, Bergamot orange peel, and sweet garden herbs, the Terrebrune 2016 demonstrates why Bandol is such a singular place for top tier rosé. 50% Mourvèdre, 25% Grenache, 25% Cinsaut. — 4 years ago