Domaine Castell-Reynoard Bandol Rouge 2005

Mourvedre from Provence, France

Price: $23.99
Item No. 100432
Style: Earthy & Spicy

Wine Style Guide

Light & Fruity

Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.

Smooth & Supple

Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.

Earthy & Spicy

Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.

Big & Bold

Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.

Winemaker's Notes

Domaine Castell-Reynoard is a small family-owned property of only about three acres in the heart of Bandol. The Domaine's grapes are harvested by hand and given eighteen months cask aging. This estate-bottled wine is dark, virtually opaque, with a slightly less dense narrow purple rim. The leading notes on the nose are violet and blackberry, with some thyme and clove behind. In the mouth the wine is decidedly dry. The tannins are fine grained and firm, well integrated into the wine. The palate presents a slight, very pleasant savory meatiness, thyme and clove with some black pepper, and restrained notes of blackberry and black plum.

Insanely good value, if you're a fan of the meaty, spicy, richly textured wines of Bandol. Complex and flavourful beyond their price, the magnificent red wines of Bandol are as breathtaking as their Provencal setting.

Learn About Domaine Castell-Reynoard

Bandol is the great red wine of Provence. Appellation regulations require the wine to be at least 50% Mourvedre blended with either Grenache or Cinsault, with some Syrah and Carignan allowed. In Bandol allowed yields are among the lowest in France. Bandol is the only French appellation where Mourvedre is showcased as a leader, though the varietal has become a popular blending...

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Learn About Provence

Not just a destination for tourists and movie stars, Provence makes some delicious and easy-drinking wines. Most of these wines are rose - a dry, pale, pink style rose. The climate here is Mediterranean, with most of the vines planted on southern facing slopes to avoid the fierce Mistral winds. Thirteen varieties are permitted in the region, the most important for rose being...

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Learn About Mourvedre

Mourvedre(moor-VEHD(r)) A native of Spain, where it's called Monastrell, Mourvedre is best known for its blending role in the Southern Rhone. Strong and rustic, Mourvedre is the cowboy style blender in the Rhone mix. It's also the M of GSM (or SGM) blends in Australia, and it's used as the primary grape in wines from Jumilla and other Southeast areas of Spain. Notable Facts The...

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