WINE & VINEYARD
THREE COLOURS, ONE FINE WINE
The expression of the “terroir” and the “Bandol know-how” come together in the three colours: Red, Rosé and White. Each wine bears the signature of the wine grower who produced it and reflects his own choice of winemaking techniques. The diversity of the geographic and geologic location and sun exposure of each plot imbues each wine with a rich palette of nuances and characteristics.
Bandol is a resolutely red wine, mainly produced from the Mourvèdre variety, known as the king of the appellation.
Mourvèdre is the chief grape variety in the blend (50% to 95%). It is harmoniously combined with Grenache and Cinsault, the former bringing generosity to the wine, the latter giving it refinement.
Powerful, with natural distinction and great character, Bandol red wines, however diverse they may be, all have in common the specific character of Mourvèdre.
Bandol red is the spearhead of the AOC. It expresses its true nature in gorgeous aromas of Havana, leather and undergrowth that blossom on a mineral background, and shows even more complex notes with the subtlety of each vintage.
In its youth it reveals aromas of liquorice, black fruits, violet, empyreumatic notes...
Then, as it ages, it develops the aromas and flavours of red fruits, jam, Morello cherry, spices, undergrowth, leather, truffle...
After a minimum of 18 months’ ageing in wood, the tannic character of Mourvèdre will endow it with a complex, ample and elegant structure.
Although it is the perfect type of wine for cellaring, one can also enjoy it in all the strength and generosity of youth: that is the paradoxical nature of Bandol red wine.
It delivers some part of its enormous potential at every stage of its evolution.
For those who can bide their time, a 10, 20 or 25-year-old Bandol will bring all kinds of delight.
Rosé: gastronomy and conviviality
Bandol rosés are enchanting. Their roundness and generosity make them different from other rosé wines.
Mourvèdre, Grenache and Cinsault combine to give, by direct pressing, a well-structured, refined, pale-coloured wine with delicate salmon hues.
With all the subtle shades that enhance their colour, they voluptuously express the specificity of their terroir.
They are to be drunk in their youth and their great freshness seduces; however, the presence of Mourvèdre brings out their typicity and encourages laying them down, as is the rule for red wines
Long-lived rosés acquire exceptional temperament and flavours, and are therefore served at the most renowned tables.
Such wines arouse enthusiasm. Their complexity allows a great variety in food pairings.
White: Rare seducer
To penetrate the secret of Bandol, one must also taste its white wines.
The wine-growers take delight in surprising wine lovers with this type of wine, produced in very low quantities. Clairette, Ugni Blanc and Bourboulenc are the base of the varietal mix.
Made from grapes often growing on hillsides facing north, invigorated by the sea breeze that heightens their freshness,
Bandol whites have a clean attack followed by a complex harmony of aromas (white flowers, citrus fruits, exotic fruits or fruits from the orchard…)