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Provence’s headlining Band(ol). Pibarnon

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The association most people make with wine from Provence is that of rosé. They wouldn’t be wrong. But, when you take a closer look at the appellation of Bandol, for instance, its vinous history is steeped in red wine. Château de Pibarnon is one of the leading domaines in Bandol and we share with you today the new arrivals – both rosé and red.

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Of the 1,600 hectares under vine in Bandol, Provence’s largest micro-appellation, just 50% of these are divided between 67 private producers (the balance all split between three cooperatives). The vines at Château de Pibarnon are planted on terraces at 300 meters above sea level, within an amphitheatre that overlooks the Mediterranean Sea. The Domaine became 100% organic in 2006 and have been farming biodynamically since 2016.

Mourvèdre has reigned supreme in Bandol for the past 45 years. While so often treated like the rowdy cousin from out of town, Mourvèdre thrives in Bandol and even more so at Pibarnon whose terroir benefits from extraordinary thermal regulation and never suffers from drought, even in the most extreme of years. The soils here also retain good levels of water, all thanks to the restanques, or terraces, that prevent soil erosion while also soaking up rainfall like a sponge in the limestone soils.

Leading the way at Château de Pibarnon is the Bandol rouge, which is always around 90% Mourvèdre with the balance consisting of Grenache noir. Harvested by hand, these grapes come from 25 hectares of vines and, once at the winery, are treated very gently to carefully manage colour and tannin extraction. Following fermentation, the wine is left to settle for about three weeks before being racked to oak casks where it will mature for twenty months. We received two vintages of the Bandol rouge – 2018 and 2019 – and have put them together as a mixed six-bottle case.

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Château de Pibarnon
Bandol
Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée
Rouge 2018
[93 pts. Wine Spectator]

3 x bottles

 

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Château de Pibarnon
Bandol
Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée
Rouge 2019
[92 pts. Decanter]

3 x bottles

 

R 4,635
per six-bottle mixed case

As to the Bandol rosé at Château de Pibarnon, there is the flagship cuvée and the ”Nuances”.

The Bandol rosé (pictured below, left) is normally a blend of two-thirds Mourvèdre and one-third Cinsault, with the grapes coming from 20 hectares of vines. The Cinsault is pressed gently to bring expressive fruit to the wine. The Mourvèdre is bled off the skins and this is where all of the structure, freshness and complexity of the rosé comes from.

The ”Nuances” rosé (pictured below, right) is around 95% Mourvèdre and produced to showcase just how age-worthy rosé from this domaine can be. It is made in much smaller amounts to that of the flagship rosé and is sourced from specially selected parcels, with the wine aged in a combination of large oak cask and amphora, and released a bit later. Here too we have put together a mixed six-bottle case.

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R 3,290
per six-bottle mixed case

Château de Pibarnon Bandol Rosé 2021 [92 pts. Vinous] 4 x bottles

Château de Pibarnon Bandol ”Nuances” Rosé 2019 [94 pts. Vinous] 2 x bottles

The wines of Bandol deserve main stage attention. Please browse all of the wines we received from Château de Pibarnon by clicking the button below. You will see there are magnums and double-magnums of the Bandol rosé 2021 available! There aren’t many though, so get your order in swiftly.