2013 Domaine Bunan Moulin des Costes Bandol Rouge
From time immemorial, the gods have watched over the black Mourvèdre grape, originating from Murviedro in Spain, that has lent the Bandol terroir its legendary reputation. While some dismissed the wines of Provence in the 16th century, after Provence became annexed to the Kingdom of France, the historians of “fine drinking“ never failed to quote Bandol!
Two centuries later, thanks to its good seafaring ability, the wine of Bandol sailed the seven seas, all the way to the French Indies. It was even served at the table of Louis XV, who appreciated it so much he drank it daily. At the time, the authorities impeded wine growing in favor of cereal crops, but the Bandol terroir received preferential treatment due to the interest of its wines. When the deep water port was built, hence facilitating the loading of ships, casks and barrels were shipped off in thousands from the Bandol quaysides, as far afield as China and South America.
Family owned since 1961, the Bunan Bandol is mostly Mourvedre with a touch of Grenache and Syrah. The wine is bright, spicy, fruity with scents of forest, tobacco, cocoa and cement. It is powerful yet smooth with firm soft tannins, dark fruits and a delightful long finish.
Mourvèdre: 70%. Grenache: 20%, Syrah: 10%
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