Domaine Castell-Reynoard Bandol Rouge 2005 Front Label
Domaine Castell-Reynoard Bandol Rouge 2005 Front Label

Domaine Castell-Reynoard Bandol Rouge 2005

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    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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    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.

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    More than just a European vacation hotspot and rosé capital of the world, Provence is a southeastern France, coastal appellation producing interesting wines of all colors. The warm, breezy Mediterranean climate is ideal for grape growing and the diverse terrain and soil types allow for a variety of wine styles within the region. Adjacent to the Rhône Valley, Provence shares some characteristics with this northwestern neighbor—namely, the fierce Mistral wind and the plentiful wild herbs (such as rosemary, lavender, juniper and thyme) often referred to as garrigue. The largest appellation here is Côtes de Provence, followed by Coteaux d’Aix-en-Provence.

    Provence is internationally acclaimed for dry, refreshing, pale-hued rosé wines, which make up the vast majority of the region’s production. These are typically blends, often dominated by Mourvèdre and supplemented by Grenache, Cinsault, Tibouren and other varieties.

    A small amount of full-bodied, herbal white wine is made here—particularly from the Cassis appellation, of Clairette and Marsanne. Other white varieties used throughout Provence include Roussane, Sémillon, Vermentino (known locally as Rolle) and Ugni Blanc.

    Perhaps the most interesting wines of the region, however, are the red wines of Bandol. Predominantly Mourvèdre, these are powerful, structured, and ageworthy wines with lush berry fruit and savory characteristics of earth and spice.

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    Full of ripe fruit, and robust, earthy goodness, Mourvèdre is actually of Spanish provenance, where it still goes by the name Monastrell or Mataro. It is better associated however, with the Red Blends of the Rhône, namely Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Mourvèdre shines on its own in Bandol and is popular both as a single varietal wine in blends in the New World regions of Australia, California and Washington. Somm Secret—While Mourvèdre has been in California for many years, it didn’t gain momentum until the 1980s when a group of California winemakers inspired by the wines of the Rhône Valley finally began to renew a focus on it.

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