Domaine de la Begude Bandol Rouge 2016
Dark ruby colored. Intense, aromatic, fresh and elegant nose. Structured on black fruits flavors, lightly woody, tannins are strong and firm in their early days (<5 years). Good acidity give freshness backbone and great fruit/alcoholic balance. Delicate final on spices.
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 Chateau 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 also naturally produces an assortment of charming, aromatic rosés made of Mourvèdre, Grenache and Cinsault.
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.