2019 Lafran-Veyrolles 'Les Hauts de Lafran'

94 Points John Caro
In stock
The top wine from this expert house, the 'Cuvee Special', is almost entirely made from the rich, dark, structured Mourvedre for which Bandol is known. Beautiful ripeness offers lashings of blackberry and blackcurrent backed by a meaty, umami presence with Mediterranean herbs and spice. Utterly satisfying and complete, this wine was lovingly grown and properly made, gravity-bottled and shipped unfiltered and unfined. Top end Provence red for hardly more than the standard bottling.
$62.99 in mixed 6+ or $69.99 per bottle


Usually 95% Mourvedre, 5% Grenache

Its Origins

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

96/100 Decanter, Simon Woolf (2011 vintage)

"Subtle aromas of meat and red fruit at first, leading to fresh and lively notes of cream and vanilla. This has delicacy, complexity and it is really quite thrilling."

Variety Mourvedre
Region Provence
Closure Cork
Volume 750ml
Maturity 2022 - 2032

This Wine Goes Well With

with BEEF
with GAME
with LAMB



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