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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 Blanc 2019

Begude Bandol Blanc  is made from 80% Clairette, 10% Rolle and 10% Ugni Blanc

Pale yellow color with bright highlights.
Expressive aromas of citrus fruits. Juicy, fresh, fleshy and opulent on the palate, it is precise and elegant with ample texture, good acidity and great balance fruit /alcohol.

Organic Agriculture
Yields: 20hl/ha
Average age of the vines: 30 years
Manual harvest in small crates.
Double sorting, total destemming.
Molding and pressing of the grapes prior to alcoholic fermentation.
Vinification in vats and aging in oak barrels (one-year old) for 6 months.

Pairs well with white meats, grilled fish, shellfish, vegetables, tapenades. Exotic and Mediterranean cuisine.


Begude Bandol Rose l'Irreductible 2020

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:


"Light, vivid orange-pink. Intense red berry, pit fruit, nectarine, blood orange and floral scents on the highly perfumed, mineral-accented nose. Juicy and penetrating on the palate, offering concentrated nectarine, strawberry, orange pith and candied lavender flavors braced by a spine of juicy acidity. Shows superb clarity and mineral lift on the impressively long, chewy finish, which strongly repeats the pit fruit and floral notes. - Josh Raynolds"

 - Antonio Galloni's Vinous (June 2021), 94 pts


 - Wine Enthusiast (September 2021), 93 pts  

 Vinous Antonio Galloni: 94 Wine Enthusiast: 93
Begude Bandol Rouge 2017

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:

"Inviting spicy oak, malt and blackberry cream scents. Powerfully structured tannins, spicy liquorice and clove flavours as well as bramble fruit; very long finish. Its best years are far into the future. Terrific stuff."

- Decanter World Wine Awards 2020, 97 pts & Platinum Medal



 

 
 97 Points
Begude Bandol Rouge La Brulade 2017

Begude Bandol Rouge La Brulade is made from  95% Mourvedre and 5% Grenache.

"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:


"Complex nose with deep black berry fruits, spice and hints of polish. Really lovely texture with layers of creamy red and black fruits, spices and powerful but super fine tannins. Great expression of the appellation; powerfully long."

- Decanter World Wine Award 2020 - 97 pts & Platinum Medal



 97 Points
Begude Cadet de la Begude Rouge 2020

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:

- Wine Enthusiast (September 2021), 90 pts

 Wine Enthusiast: 90
Mas Redonne Bandol Rose 2021

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.

 

Roche Redonne Bandol Rouge Bartavelles 2019

Roche Redonne Bandol Rouge Les Bartavelles is made from 95% Mourvedre and 5% Grenache.

This cuvée is named "Bartavelles" which is French for the "Rock Partridge". 

The wine is quite aromatic, with boysenberry, blackcurrant, peppery and graphite notes. Ample in the mouth with a creamy structure, soft, harmonious and elegant tannins. The finish is long and juicy. 

Excellent with grilled red meat or game. Also excellent with cheese

 



Roche Redonne Bandol Rouge Les Bartavelles 2016

Roche Redonne Bandol Rouge Les Bartavelles  is made from 95% Mourvedre and 5% Grenache.

This cuvée is named "Bartavelles" which is French for the "Rock Partridge". 

The wine is quite aromatic, with boysenberry, blackcurrant, peppery and graphite notes. Ample in the mouth with a creamy structure, soft, harmonious and elegant tannins. The finish is long and juicy. 

Excellent with grilled red meat or game. Also excellent with cheese


Review:

The 2016 Bandol Cuvee les Bartavelles is lush, open and inviting. Marked by hints of pencil shavings and boysenberries, this 95% Mourvèdre cuvée is medium to full-bodied, creamy textured and easy to drink. It should be consumed over the next decade. - Joe CZERWINSKI"

- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (May 16th 2019), 90 pts




 Wine Advocate: 90
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