Bandol: Mas de la Rouvière Rouge 2017
A full-bodied Bandol red wine from the Côte d'Azur, with a beguiling, deep purple robe, dark, hedgerow berry scents and a palate of black fruit, spices, dried ceps and game.
The Mas de la Rouvière rouge is made from a base of Mourvèdre along with lesser volumes of Grenache Noir and Syrah. It ages well for a decade or more and makes a fine accompaniment to roast beef or lamb or Autumnal mushroom dishes.
Since the 2011 vintage the Bandol red has been certified as organic - as is their whole range of white and rosé.
|Style||Red Wine, Sec, Full-bodied, Non Sparkling|
|Wine Region||Provence, Bandol|
|Grape Variety (Cépage)||Grenache Noir, Mourvèdre, Syrah|
|Food & Wine Matching||Beef, Lamb|
|Cellarage||A versatile Bandol red wine that can be drunk young but matures well. Enjoy from 2 to 10 years of vintage.|
|Vinification||Late harvested, completely de-stalked grapes are macerated for 15 days in stainless steel vats. The wine is then matured in old oak 'tuns'.|
|Alcohol By Volume (%)||14.5|
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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