RED the reference
Bandol is definitely red. It is mainly made from Mourvèdre, the “King Grape” 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, leathe 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 flavors of red fruits, jam, Morello cherry, spices, humus, 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. To those who can bide their time, a 10, 20 or 25-year-old Bandol will bring all kinds of delight.
Excerpt from Etoile – May/june 2008 – Michel Creignou
“Well-equipped with powerful tannins, the red wines of Bandol assert the soul of Mourvèdre, expressing minerality and exposing a sensual fruitiness by finishing up by strong flavors.”