A more rustic Bandol, true old-school style and in the fashion of the big, brawny winemaker. Bold dark fruits are rich and velvety, loaded with notes of black olive, wild herbs, dusty earth, and stoney minerality. Notes of mocha and mushroom dance with firm, but well integrated tannins.
Varietal- Mourvedre, Grenache, Cinsault
Domaine du Gros NoreView all from Domaine du Gros Nore
Alain Pascal could be a character pulled right out of a Marcel Pagnol novel--a kind of Provençal Hercules. Like his father, Honoré, for whom the domaine is named, Alain is a strong, husky man with hands the size of bear claws. That he is a former boxer and an avid hunter should be no surprise, yet his physique matches both his spirit and his wine--this gentle giant and his cuvées are all heart. Of the many stories recorded in Kermit's Inspiring Thirst, those of Alain are among the most entertaining. For years he sold his prized fruit from Bandol to Domaine Ott and Château de Pibarnon. Though he and his father would bottle their own wine for family consumption, they never labeled it under their own domaine name. Kermit has called those early family wines, "Magnificent Bandols made in the simplest manner, très franc de goût, with a whole lotta soul." In 1997 after his father's death, Alain officially started Domaine du Gros 'Noré, a real shift that has brought him more than just casual notice. Alain is already a leading contender in Bandol, the appellation regarded as the grand cru of Provence.