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Date Printed: 7/28/2014
Domaine Castell-Reynoard Bandol Rouge 2005
Domaine Castell-Reynoard Bandol Rouge 2005
(search item no. 100432)

PRICE ON 7/28/2014: $23.99

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.

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About Domaine Castell-Reynoard:

Bandol is the great red wine of Provence. Appellation regulations require the wine to be at least 50% Mourvèdre 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 Mourvèdre is showcased as a leader, though the varietal has become a popular blending component from the southern Rhône through the Côtes de Provence all the way through Languedoc and Roussillon. Mourvèdre produces small, thick-skinned berries that can result in a wine high in tannins, high in alcohol, and low in acidity, with gamey, meaty, brambly and herbal flavors.

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.