36% Mourvèdre 32% Cinsault 25% Grenache 7% Clairette. The soft, ochre-tinged color is highly evocative of the sun-soaked Provençal countryside. Full of fruit with a touch of spice and citrus peel— balanced and structured—true to its character of previous releases.
A farm since the 1920's, the Hocquard family acquired Tour de Bon in 1968 and planted vines. Their daughter, Agnès Henry, worked with a hired winemaker, and they produced awesome wines, just not always in her personal style. So, Agnès took over the duties herself, creating powerful and charismatic wines. Although organic, she doesn't certify. "Too much paperwork."
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Bandol borders the Mediterranean Sea and Tour du Bon is tucked a half a mile away on a hillside near a tiny village called Le Castellet. The terroir here is a clay-limestone mix with a red subsoil. The 12 hectare of vines form a natural amphitheatre overlooking the sea, and with the abundant Provencal sunshine and very little rain, it's the hottest area in the appellation.
Agnès Henry is the current winemaker and owner of Domaine de la Tour du Bon. Her parents bought the estate in 1968 and it took them two years to dig into the rocky earth and get vines planted. Agnès has been making the wines full time for the last 25 years. She is one of the original winemakers in the "natural" movement, although, she does not advertise this info at all. When asked about it she says that she isn't interested in being a missionary or spokesperson for the natural movement. She practices organic agriculture and is hands off on the cellar because it makes the best wines (period). She's not certified because it's too much paperwork. Agnes now has a dyanmizer for preparing biodynamic treatments, but hesitates to call herself biodynamic. Fermentations take place in open top cement vats and normally last about three weeks. She pumps over occasionally to get oxygen to the yeasts.
The final expression is traditional and unmanipulated wines that truly express Bandol's unique terroir.