Bandol: Mas de la Rouvière Blanc 2020
This celebrated Bandol white wine from the Bunan family is made from pure Clairette. It demands no more accompaniment than a few almonds or olives but its raison d'être is to partner seafood - filets de rouget à la plancha would fit the bill nicely.
An organic wine, the Mas de la Rouvière Bandol blanc has an attractive citrus fruit and wild flower bouquet and a smooth, sensual, mid-weight palate with an elegant, dry finish.
|Style||White Wine, Sec, Medium-bodied, Non Sparkling|
|Wine Region||Provence, Bandol|
|Grape Variety (Cépage)||Clairette|
|Food & Wine Matching||Olives, White Fish|
|Cellarage||This Bandol blanc is drinking well now but will age gracefully for 5 years.|
|Vinification||Organically grown grapes are picked in the second half of September and are fermented in stainless steel vats for 21 days. The wine is then bottled in May and left to mature in Bunan's air-conditioned cellars.|
|Alcohol By Volume (%)||13|
Any wine lover at large in Bandol for any length of time will soon encounter the vinous output of Domaines Bunan who are amongst the leading lights of the appellation. Brothers Paul and Pierre Bunan relocated here after Algerian indepence in 1961 and bought the quintessential Provençal vineyard of Moulin de Costes which enjoys a breath-taking panoramic vista of vines, olive groves and hill-top villages overlooking the Mediterranean coast. The brothers subsequently expanded, acquiring neighbouring Mas and Château de la Rouvière and taking over the running of Domaine Bélouvé. These estates are known collectively as Domaines Bunan. They soon carved out a reputation for producing characterful wines with a strong sense of terroir. Nowadays they are assisted by their children making this a thriving, family-run concern. The Bunan family produce delicious, aromatic, dry white and rosé wines together with dense, dark, spicy Mourvédre based reds which are approachable from release but can age well for at least a decade.
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