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Domaine de la Begude Bandol Rouge 2010

Mourvedre from Bandol, Provence, France
  • WE94
  • RP90
13.5% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

The Domaine de la Begude Bandol Rouge is deep, dark ruby colored, structured on black fruits flavors, lightly woody , tanins are strong an firm in their early days. Good acidity gives freshness to the backbone with great balance between fruit and alcohol. Delicate flavors of fruit, herbs and spices on the finish.

Critical Acclaim

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WE 94
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Generous and opulent, this is a wine that has both fine perfume and ripe black-fruit flavors. There is a deliciously juicy element to the wine, yet it’s balanced with ample acidity. With its attractive, herbal edge, this is a wine that can age. Drink from 2016.

Rating: 94+ Points

RP 90
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Also beautifully made, their 2010 Bandol (85% Mourvedre and 15% Grenache aged 18 months in oak casks) exhibits smoky, spicy notes intermixed with notions of saddle leather, ground herbs and ample sweet berry fruit on the nose. Medium-bodied, impressively textured, and with firm, polished tannin coming through on the finish, it should benefit from short-term cellaring and evolve gracefully for 10-15 years.
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Domaine de la Begude

Domaine de la Begude

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Domaine de la Begude, Bandol, Provence, France
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Domaine de la Begude streches over 500 hectares of land, including 17 hectares vineyard, blown with the Mistral wind, nested at 400 meters above the Mediterranean sea being the highest rootstocks planted in the Bandol wine district area.

The vineyard produces red, rose and white wines under the label AOC Bandol, standing as one of the oldest appellation in France since 1941.

In this place where history goes back to more than a thousand years, Guillaume Tari, who grew up at Château Giscours in Margaux, makes his wines trusting Bandol's most famous red grape, Mourvedre without any kind of pesticides nor chemicals additives in order to preserve the natural beauty of this place.

Provence’s leader in concentrated and age-worthy red wines, Bandol is home to the dense, deep and earthy Mourvèdre grape. Like Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Bandol produces characterful reds that, while approachable in their youth, are typically designed for the cellar. Given its coastal, Provencal situation, Bandol naturally produces an assortment of charming, aromatic rosés made of Mourvèdre, Grenache and Cinsault.

Mourvedre

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Never lacking in color, tannin, or bold, mouth-filling texture, Mourvèdre is most commonly deployed to provide substance in blends with Grenache and Syrah/Shiraz. Despite being better known by its French name, Mourvèdre is actually of Spanish provenance, originally known as Monastrell. In Spain, it is one of the most commonly planted red grapes, serving as the principal variety in regions such as Alicante, Jumilla, and Yecla. It truly thrives, however, in Provence’s Bandol region, where it produces singular red and rosé wines along with Grenache and [Cinsault]. It is also of great importance in the Southern Rhône alongside Grenache and Syrah—and in California and Australia, where those blends are frequently mimicked.

In the Glass

Mourvèdre/Monastrell is responsible for robust, heady wines with dark berry fruit and a somewhat gamey quality. At its finest, it takes on brambly red and black fruit flavors and hints of herbs, leather, dark chocolate, and licorice. It can be prohibitively tannic in its youth, but well-aged examples can show an impressive degree of elegance and an attractive perfume. In blends with Grenache and Syrah, Mourvèdre provides fleshy texture, tannic structure, and deep color.

Perfect Pairings

This earthy Mediterranean variety loves rustic food—think cassoulet, wild boar ragu, or smoky ribs. Mourvèdre’s tannins are bold but not bitter, lending the wine the weight and texture it needs to pair with such hearty fare.

Sommelier Secret

Mourvèdre used to have significant plantings in California, but it was unfashionable and its presence was quickly declining in the late 20th century. In the 1980s, a group of California winemakers inspired by the wines of the Rhône Valley (aptly named the Rhône Rangers) brought the variety back into the spotlight. Plantings have since increased and “GSM” blends are now a highly-regarded specialty of the Central Coast.

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