Bandol Rouge 2016
Grape variety: 70% Mourvèdre, 22% Cinsault, 5% Grenache, 3% Syrah
Terroir: Limestone and clay soils. Vineyard cultivated in terraces (locally called “restanques”) on the steep slopes of a natural cirque, facing south.
Yields: 22 hl/ha Average age of the vines : 37 years old
Vinification: The grapes are hand-harvested and sorted in the vineyard. They are then sorted again at the cellar before being de-stemmed. The fermentation lasts two to three weeks in concrete tanks, with smooth pumping over each day. The wines are aged 18 months in oak tanks of 30 to 80 hl.
Vintage: 2016 started with a particularly dry and mild winter. The first leaves appeared very early, but the very cool spring slowed down the growth of the vines. The flowering took place in ideal conditions, with a very good emergence of clusters. As the drought persists, we have green harvested the vines to maintain good quality potential. Summer has settled, dry and windy, increasingly hot, accelerating the ripeness of the grapes. The harvest began very early on August 25 and ended on September 14. Despite the lack of water, the vines held up well, drawing on deep clays and regulating their vegetative development. The grapes harvested are small, perfectly healthy and very concentrated, with good acidity.
Taste: The taste is very elegant and full-bodied,with notes of fresh little red berries, sustained by extremely delicate tannins. The aftertaste is fresh, minty and revealing spices and mint aromas.
Ageing potential: 10 to 15 years
Food pairings :
- Red meats (roast rack of lamb with herbs, grilled beef, veal roast)
- Game meat (wild boar stew with olives, jitter of deer...)
- Chocolate desert