About 70 % Mourvèdre, and 10 % each of Grenache, Cinsault and old vine Carignan
Located a few kilometers from the Mediterranean, along one of the renowned terroirs of Bandol, the “chemin de L’argile” (clay path), close to the famed Pibarnon estate. Jean-Marie Castel is the vineyard manager and vintner here, with ownership stemming down from the Ferec family for a few generations. The estate farms about 10 hectares, of which 6.5 is Mourvedre, with the rest Grenache, Cinsault, Clairette and Ugni Blanc. They also rent 2 hectares of vines, mostly to be used in the rosé. Vineyard management is almost organic, or “lutte raisonnée”, and the work is all manual (including hand harvesting - a stipulation all over the Bandol AOC). Very traditional.
What The Critics Say
Parker's Wine Advocate, Jeb Dunnuck (2013 vintage)
"Also from barrel, the 2013 Bandol Rouge Cuvee Tradition is a blend of 70% Mourvèdre and 10% each of Grenache, Cinsault and Carignan that’s brought up all in foudre. It’s a pretty, medium-bodied, bright and fresh Bandol that offers upfront notes of black raspberries, rose petals and spice in an easy-going profile. Drink this elegant 2013 on release and over the following decade."
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