Chateau Pibarnon Bandol Rouge 2005

Mourvedre from Provence, France

Price: $61.99 $48.97
Save $13.02 (21%)
Item No. 97093
  • WS95
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.

Alcohol By Volume: 13.0%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.

Winemaker's Notes

A bouquet of fresh lavender, warmed in the sun; cranberries lightly poached in red wine. These stunning aromatics combine with what has to be the most lively, peppery nose we've ever experienced from Pibarnon's rouge; it is simply electric. Lavender again takes the lead on the palate, with waves of sweet southern French plums, pink peppercorns and soy-soaked seared beef. Rich and sweet, a perfect harmony of spice and fruit. Tannins are silky and fine, yet still provide a solid backbone we've come to worship in noble Bandol. A blend of 90% Mourvèdre, 10% Grenache; enjoy over the next 10-20 years.

Critical Acclaim

"An intense and focused red, with concentrated mineral, plum and dark cherry that are flanked by tobacco box notes. Lithe yet powerful, with a long, elegant and finely chiseled finish of slate and white pepper. Drink now through 2015."
95 Points

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Learn About Chateau Pibarnon Map ItMap It

Much of the magic at Pibarnon, as with any great wine, comes from the land. The highest point in the Bandol appellation, Pibarnon's vineyards curve and cut into each stony, chalk-rich hillside, creating a series of terraces (or restanques) that face southeast. The minerality from this chalky terroir finds its way into the wine's perfume as notes of white pepper and flinty...

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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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