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Bandol is a wine region in France in the area of Provence and includes the town of Bandol in its 3830 acres. The climates of each of the vineyards in the Bandol region will vary due to the short mountains along the Coast. Bandol region vineyards that are closest to the Mediterranean Sea will have a much warmer climate because the Montagne Sainte Victoire , along with the  Massif de la Sainte Baume and the Chaine de Saint Cyr block the frigid Northern winds. Both the Bandol and Cassis regions are safeguarded in this area. Bandol creates red, white, and rose wine. The Bandol red grape varieties are the majority of the region, in particular, Mourvedre. All Bandol red wines are required to have at least fifty percent Mourvedre. Mourvedre grows best in the sunny and warm climate that the Bandol coastal vineyards provide. Due to the typically spicy and powerful Mouvedre percentage, Bandol reds are usually very distinctive. Grenache is also a key grape variety in Bandol, being planted on the typically colder slopes facing North. Lastly, Cinsaut is also grown in Bandol, along with Carignan and Syrah. Bandol roses are well-known and are recognized by their spicy, earthy nature. Clairette is required to be included in all Bandol Blanc by fifty to ninety percent. Ugni Blanc, Marsanne, and Vermentino also strengthen the Bandol white wines.

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Begude Bandol Rose 2018

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Begude Bandol Rose is made from 80% Mourvèdre, 20% Grenache.

Opening: ½ hour before serving. Decanting is highly recommended

Eye: Youthful Coral color
Nose: Fruity notes of Strawberry, Cherry blossom and watermelon.
Mouth: savory, quenching and round with a nice balanced finish.

Yield: 24hl/ha 
Age of the rootstocks: 20 years old 
Harvest: Manual in small basket 
Winemaking: double sorting , 100% destemming, pressing of the berries precedes alcoholic fermentation in stainless steel tanks with regulated temperature. 100% indigenous yeast.

Drink: from 2016 until 2020

It traditionally pairs well with fish, seafood, white meat. It is also excellent with cheese and "international cuisine", spicy Indian, Chinese, Thai, Japanese cuisine.

Begude Bandol Rose l'Irreductible 2018

Begude Bandol Rose L'Irreductible is made from 95% Mourvèdre, 5% Grenache

Eye: Deep Youthful Coral color.
Nose: Intense Fruity notes of Strawberry, Cherry blossom and watermelon.
Mouth: Superb mouthfeel, with an excellent acidity and structure, that gives the wine a long and balanced finish with some spicy aromas.

Opening: ½ hour before serving if possible.

It traditionally pairs well with fish, seafood, white meat and provencal dishes, such as Bouillabaisse (fish soup). It is also excellent with cheese and "international cuisine", spicy Indian, Chinese, Thai, Japanese cuisine.
Also try it with lobster ... pleasure guaranteed.

 


Review:

This is a rosé for aging. It offers ripe spice and hints of tannin from the Mourvèdre and acidity that lies behind the tangy red-berry fruits. The sense of structure is there as well, reinforcing the fact the wine needs time. Drink from 2021.

- Wine Enthusiast Magazine (August 2019), 91 pts & Cellar Selection

 Wine Enthusiast: 91
Begude Bandol Rouge 2016

Begude Bandol Rouge is made from 90% Mourvèdre, 10% Grenache.

Eye: dark ruby colored

Nose: Intense, aromatic, fresh and elegant

Mouth: Structured on black fruits flavors, lightly woody , tanins are strong an firm in their early days (<5years) Good acidity give freshness backbone and great fruit/alcoholic balance . Delicate final on spices.

Opening: Decant 4-6 hours before serving

Soil: Clay-limestone Culture: Organic without pesticides nor chemicals additives Yield: 20 hectoliters/hectare Harvest: Manual in small cases Winemaking: Double sorting, 100% destemming, skin contact, with daily sticking in order to optimize color and aromatic extraction Alcoholic fermentation 15 days followed by malo lactic fermentation. Aging: 18 months in oak cask Bottling:  

Grilled lamb, meat cooked with sauce, southern French cuisine and tasty dishes (tajines, couscous, paellas).

Review:


"From one of the showpiece estates in Bandol, this wine is well structured, rich in tannins but also rich in blackberry flavors. It has weight and spicy concentration, while the 18 months in wood has smoothed and brought life to the structure. Drink the wine from 2022. - Roger Voss."

- Wine Enthusiast (July 1st 2019), 92 PTS



 

 
 Wine Enthusiast: 92
Begude Bandol Rouge La Brulade 2015

"La Brulade" is the name of a select slope located at an altitude of 400 meters overlooking the Mediterranean sea between La Baie d'Amour (the town of La Ciotat) in the South and La Sainte Baume in the North. This is one of the highest parcels in the Bandol appellation.
The wine is only produced in exceptional vintages. This carefully selected blend is made of 95% Mourvedre and 5% Grenache, aged in large French oak barrels for 24 months.
The wine shows a deep purple color. It is fresh and fruity on the nose with intense garrigue aromas. Structured, elegant and well-balanced on the palate with strong tannins. Licorice, ripe black fruits, garrigue flavors and some peppery freshness on the finish.

The 35-year old grapes are grown on clay and limestone soils and are farmed organically. Yield is very low - 15hl/ha. The grapes are harvested manually.
Winemaking: Double selection, destemming, crushing before skin contact fermentation. No filtration. Aging for 24 months in French oak casks (600L).

Grilled meat (lamb, beef, boar), Mediterranean cuisine, spicy dishes.

Review:

"The inky-colored 2015 Bandol Rouge la Brulade is 95% Mourvèdre, aged two years in demi-muids. Rich, plummy and intense, it showcases the power and majesty of Mourvèdre but somehow tames the tannins to manageable proportions. It's full-bodied and dense, boasting hints of lavender, thyme and sage to go along with the dark fruit flavors. It should drink well soon and remain strong through at least 2030. - Joe Czerwinski"
- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Interim end of September, September 2018), 93 pts

The flagship 2015 Bandol Brulade is a powerful, serious Bandol that knocks it out of the park with its monster nose of dark fruits, cured meats, sandalwood, olive tapenade, and leathery characteristics. Medium to full-bodied, concentrated, and pure, with plenty of sexy fruit, it’s a terrific, serious Bandol that needs another 2-3 years of bottle age and will keep for 15-20."
- Jeb Dunnuck (March 27th 2019), 94 pts

 Wine Advocate: 93 94 Points
Begude Cadet de la Begude Rouge 2017

Begude Cadet de la Begude Rouge  is made from 35% Mourvedre, 35% Grenache and 30% Cinsault.

A selection of young vines, with no oak aging. Full fruit with a fresh and provencal character.

The noble terroir of Provence and the signature of the Tari Family raised at Chateau Giscours in Margaux and at the Domaine de la Begude in Bandol - the 7th generation of vignerons - gave birth to this valiant Cadet.
A selection with a fragrance of freedom, respectful of the environment, carried by the Mistral wind and the light of the Mediterranean Sea.


Average age of the vines: 10 years
Planted on clay and limestone soils. 
Double sorting, total destemming, grapes pressuring and maceration in vats.
Aged 2 months on the lees. 
Gentle filtration before bottling.

Grilled lamb, meat cooked with sauce, southern French cuisine and tasty dishes (tajines, couscous, paellas).

Review:

"This young, deep-purple-colored wine is almost the equivalent of a Bordeaux second wine. A blend across the two appellations of Côtes de Provence and Bandol, it has a rich potential, spicy, herbal while also packed with generous black fruits. The tannins will allow it to age, so save for 2019. -R.V."

- Wine Enthusiast (July 1st 2018), 90 PTS


"Roughly one-third each Mourvèdre, Grenache and Cinsault, the 2017 Cadet de la Begude is a new IGP wine meant to introduce the domaine to new audiences. It's an unoaked, medium to full-bodied wine, bold and berry-scented, loaded with plum and raspberry flavors, soft tannins and a lingering finish. - Joe Czerwinski"
- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Interim end of September, September 2018), 90 pts


As to the reds, the 2017 Cadet de la Begude is close to an even split of Mourvèdre, Grenache, and Cinsault that’s a selection of younger vines aged in tank. It’s a charming, textured, nicely layered Bandol that has good complexity in its spicy dark fruits and peppery aromatics. It’s already drinking nicely yet will keep for 7-8 years."
- Jeb Dunnuck (March 27th 2019), 90 pts

 Wine Advocate: 90 Wine Enthusiast: 90 90 Points
Mas Redonne Bandol Rose 2018

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Mas Redonne Bandol Rose is made from 55% Mourvèdre, 35% Cinsault, 10% Grenache.

Nice light salmon color, typical of Bandol.
The wine expresses some citrus, Pomelos (a delicious type of grapefruit) and lots of white fruit aromas and minerality.
The flavors are fresh, fruity and very aromatic with tons of apricot and mango.

Grilled salmon, chicken dishes as well as salads, sushi and sashimi.

Review:

"This Bandol rose is a blend of 55% Mourvèdre, 35% Cinsault, and 10% Grenache. Light salmon in color, it offers pleasant aromas of red berries and stone fruit. On the palate it reveals concentrated fruit flavors, excellent acidity, and vibrancy, and a persistent finish. - Don Winkler"
- i-winereview.com (The Many Styles of French Rosé: The 2018 Vintage, June 23rd 2019), 91+ pts




 International Wine Review: 91
Mas Redonne Bandol Rose 2019

Mas Redonne Bandol Rose is made from 55% Mourvèdre, 35% Cinsault, 10% Grenache.

Nice light salmon color, typical of Bandol.
The wine expresses some citrus, Pomelos (a delicious type of grapefruit) and lots of white fruit aromas and minerality.
The flavors are fresh, fruity and very aromatic with tons of apricot and mango.

Grilled salmon, chicken dishes as well as salads, sushi and sashimi.

Review:

"This Bandol rose is a blend of 55% Mourvèdre, 35% Cinsault, and 10% Grenache. Light salmon in color, it offers pleasant aromas of red berries and stone fruit. On the palate it reveals concentrated fruit flavors, excellent acidity, and vibrancy, and a persistent finish. - Don Winkler"
- i-winereview.com (The Many Styles of French Rosé: The 2018 Vintage, June 23rd 2019), 91+ pts




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