CHATEAU DE PIBARNON Bandol Rouge 2016/18 Bottle (90% Mourvèdre/10% Grenache)14.5%
Red Still Wine | France | South of France | Bandol | 75cl
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Closure Type: Cork
Region: South of France
Wine Style: Full Bodied
Grapes: Grenache, Mourvèdre
This is Pibarnon's top wine, a blend of 90% Mourvèdre and 10% Grenache based on the oldest vines and a strict fruit selection from twelve small plot. Naturally fermented, with a large proportion of whole berries and raised exclusively in foudre from Burgundy and Austria, this has a finesse and seamlessness that is unique by Bandol standards, yet there is still serious stuffing. On one hand, there is incredibly density of forest fruits, meaty, savoury, spicy and peppery notes, and on the other, there is, again, incredible purity, delicacy and superb clarity. It is really too complex to put into words, so let me put it this way-imagine someone distilled down the essence of Mourvèdre and yet tamed any rusticity that this grape is sometimes capable of producing in rougher terroirs. Here we have the fantastic balance that only a great terroir can produce with depth, finesse and fragrance all playing their part and a lingering, very mineral finish built of perfume. A truly great vintage for this fine, nuanced and uniquely elegant Mediterranean red.
Grouse season starts on “The Glorious Twelfth” of August and is usually hung for a few weeks in order for its ripe earthy flavours to develop. This therefore requires a wine with a great palate such as this glorious Bandol. Its fruit forward palate combined with savoury spicy notes is a match for a gutsy grouse dish.