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Chateau Pibarnon 'Bandol' Rouge 2013
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Chateau Pibarnon 'Bandol' Rouge 2013

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Wine Spectator 91
"This has a singed juniper hint out front, followed by bay, olive and leather hints that pervade the core of lightly steeped cherry and raspberry fruit. Everything knits nicely through the medium-weight finish. Approachable, but will develop more nuance with a bit of cellaring. Drink now through 2023. 9,500 cases made. –JM"

Wine Advocate 90
"One of the most charming, fun to drink wines in the vintage is the 2013 Bandol Rouge from Chateau de ... read more
Item ID: #30252
Shelf at store54e
Size: 750mL (wine)
Closure: Cork

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Wine Spectator 91
"This has a singed juniper hint out front, followed by bay, olive and leather hints that pervade the core of lightly steeped cherry and raspberry fruit. Everything knits nicely through the medium-weight finish. Approachable, but will develop more nuance with a bit of cellaring. Drink now through 2023. 9,500 cases made. –JM"

Wine Advocate 90
"One of the most charming, fun to drink wines in the vintage is the 2013 Bandol Rouge from Chateau de Pibarnon. Leaning towards the medium-bodied, textured, rounded end of the spectrum, it gives up lots of fruit (cassis, black raspberry), garrigue and licorice in a character-filled, balanced, highly drinkable style. Given its overall balance, it will have 10-15 years of longevity."

Run by the Saint-Victor family since 1975, Chateau Pibarnon lies in the northern part of the appellation and consists of steep, terraced slopes and unique blue marl and limestone soils. The wines are gorgeous and offer classic examples of the appellation." JD

"Always between 90-95% Mourvedre. Partial de-stemming is practiced as well as a lengthy maceration to achieve optimum extraction.

After fermentation, the wine spends a minimum of 18 months in large oak casks before bottling

Winery Information:
Since purchasing the estate in 1975, Comte Henri de Saint-Victor and family have been producing some of the most seductively aromatic and nobly structured wines in all of Southern France. Perched atop La Colline du Télégraphe in the northernmost part of the appellation, the château commands sweeping vistas of the amphitheater of vines known as the Théatre d’Epidaure, and beyond, the Mediterranean Sea.

From the Wine Advocate: “Read as much as you like about the microclimate of a wine region; it is only when you feel it that you truly comprehend. The panoramic view of the entire Bandol amphitheater with its dramatic limestone outcrops is complemented by a cloudless sky, yet proprietor Eric de Saint-Victor informs me that beyond the protective Sainte-Baume mountains, it has been raining all week. No wonder Bandol enjoys 300 days of sunshine each year, no wonder it exists as a separate AOC from Provence, and no wonder its wines are hailed as the apogee of Mourvèdre.”

The restanques, or terraces were carved into the hill by the Saint-Victor clan in an effort to minimize erosion and maximize water absorption, which is of the utmost importance in a hot, dry terroir such as this one. It is important to note that the soil at Château de Pibarnon is unique, differing even from that of its neighbors further down the slope. As a result of a geological anomaly purported to have taken place at the end of the Mesozoic Era, Pibarnon’s soils contain large quantities of blue marl and limestone, as well as fossil material which is 150 million years older than that found in other parts of the appellation. The dearth of nutrition provided by these stony, fossil-studded soils ensures that the vines achieve maximum vigor through their daily struggle to survive.

Traditional gobelet training is practiced as well as green harvesting, which keeps yields down to an average of 35hl/ha. After 30%-50% de-stemming, vinification takes place in stainless steel vats. The wine is then transferred to large oak casks for élevage. While Pibarnon’s flagship cuvée is a classic vin de garde which can take as many as ten years to show its cards, ‘Les Restanques’, made with 70% Mourvèdre and 30% Grenache, is styled more for early drinking and approachability. " ~ Winery notes

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Since purchasing the estate in 1975, Comte Henri de Saint-Victor and his son Eric have been producing some of the most seductively aromatic and nobly structured wines in all of Southern France. Perched atop the highest and northernmost part of the appellation, the Château commands sweeping vistas of the amphitheater of vines and the Mediterranean Sea.

The restanques, or terraces were carved into the hill to minimize erosion and maximize water absorption, which is of the utmost importance in a hot, dry terroir such as this one. The soil at Château de Pibarnon is unique, differing from that of its neighbors further down the slope. As a result of a geological anomaly purported to have taken place at the end of the Mesozoic Era, Pibarnon's soils contain large quantities of blue marl and limestone, as well as fossil material which is 150 million years older than that found in other parts of the appellation. The dearth of nutrition provided by these stony, fossil-studded soils ensures that the vines achieve maximum vigor through their daily struggle to survive.

While Pibarnon's flagship cuvée is a classic vin de garde which can take as many as ten years to begin to show all its glory, 'Les Restanques', made with 70% Mourvèdre and 30% Grenache, is styled for a lush texture and more immediate approachability. Not to be missed are the Bandol Rosé and rare Blanc which are also considered benchmarks for quality.

Farming Practice: Certified Organic

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