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Domaine du Gros’Nore Bandol 2004

February 14, 2008

img_4160.jpgBandol is a unique appellation in the Provence. It is in this relatively small area where the sundrenched and protective south-facing restanques offer the right conditions for Mourvèdre to fully ripen. That’s the reason why this terroir is mostly dedicated to this surly variety, more strongly still, for a long time Bandol was its last stronghold while in other Provençal areas earlier ripening and higher yielding varieties were planted. The hot conditions combined with a long growing season inevitable lead to sturdy wines with a lot of alcohol and tannins, the main reason why in many winegrowing regions Mourvèdre is mostly used as a blending partner that adds a sturdy backbone. However, in Bandol it plays the starring role with a statutory minimum of 50% in any blend with the other permitted varieties Grenache and Cinsault. That most growers in Bandol go well beyond this limit gives an indication of its virtuosity.

Domaine du Gros’Noré is one of those excellent producers that embodies Bandol’s soul with self imposed low yields, manual viticulture and modern winemaking as the main ingredients for this intriguing wine. The domaine’s commitment to authenticity is further shown in the blend that consists of 80% Mourvèdre, 15% Grenache and 5% Cinsault, resulting in a wine that looks deep, inky purple in the glass. Maturation in big foudres allows the fruit to express itself through an array of aromas reminiscent of cassis, prunes, cherries, liquorice, leather and undergrowth. The rich, thick, voluptuous palate is loaded with flavour and tannins remarkably balanced by superb acids that add subtility and class. The generosity of this hedonistic wine could be enjoyed straight away although it will evolve into something really special when cellared with patience. 92+ points

Source: Vintage & Vine/Liquid Library  Price: $70  Drink: Now-2018