Chateau de Pibarnon Bandol Rouge 2016

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About This Wine

This is Pibarnon's top wine, a blend of 90% Mourvèdre and 10% Grenache based on the oldest vines and a strict fruit selection from twelve small plots, including the highly prized Bel Air, Jourdan and Pointes Blanches parcels. Naturally fermented, with a large proportion of whole berries and raised exclusively in foudre from Burgundy and Austria, this has a finesse and seamlessness that is unique by Bandol standards, yet there is still serious stuffing. On one hand, there is incredibly density of forest fruits, meaty, savoury, spicy and peppery notes, and on the other, there is, again, incredible purity, delicacy and superb clarity. It is really too complex to put into words, so let me put it this way-imagine someone distilled down the essence of Mourvèdre and yet tamed any rusticity that this grape is sometimes capable of producing in rougher terroirs. Here we have the fantastic balance that only a great terroir can produce with depth, finesse and fragrance all playing their part and a lingering, very mineral finish built of perfume. A truly great vintage for this fine, nuanced and uniquely elegant Mediterranean red.

Type Red Wine
Varietal(s) Mourvèdre Grenache
Country France
Region Provence
Appellation Bandol
Brand Château de Pibarnon
Vintage 2016

Wines from Provence

In the South East of France, Provence can be considered the rosé capital of the world. Rosé from here is dry, refreshing, savoury and pale pink with a slight orange tint. The style is very different to those generally made in Australia.

The largest appellation here is Côtes de Provence, which accounts for nearly 75% of the total production of the Provence region and with rosé production making up 80% of that. The main grape varieties used include Carignan, Cinsaut, Grenache, Mourvèdre and Tibouren with an increase in the adoption of Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah in recent times.

The most prestigious appellation is Bandol. The vines in Bandol are planted on silicon and limestone soils which together with the warm, coastal climate is very suitable for the late ripening of the Mourvèdre grape. Wines coming out of Bandol must contain more than 50% Mourvèdre in the blend whether they are roses or reds. Reds from Bandol are just as noteworthy as their rosé counterparts. These wines are known to be powerful, spicy, structured, and age-worthy with critics such as Tom Stevenson considering these full flavoured reds to be some of the region’s best wines.

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