Chateau Pibarnon

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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Chateau Pibarnon 'Bandol' Rouge 2013
91  Wine Spectator 
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.
Item Number: 30252
Bottle:$42.95
Case: $515.40
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Chateau Pibarnon Bandol Rose 2017
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93  Vinous Media 
Vinous Media 93 "Light orange-pink. Vibrant and sharply focused on the nose, displaying intense tangerine, white peach and strawberry scents complicated by suave floral and mineral flourishes. Shows impressive clarity and stony cut to the juicy citrus and red fruit flavors, which deepen steadily on
Item Number: 28665
Bottle:$26.95
Case: $323.40
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Chateau Pibarnon 'Restanques' Bandol Rouge 2014
90  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 90 "Dark cherry and cassis notes glide through, inlaid with tobacco, anise and singed alder details. There's a leathery echo on the back end but the finish stays fresh and supple overall. Drink now through 2026. 3,000 cases made. –JM"  The Estate Since purchasing the estate in
Item Number: 27309
Bottle:$23.95
Case: $287.40
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Chateau Pibarnon 'Nuances' Bandol Rose 2015
93  Vinous Media 
Vinous Media 93 "Vivid orange-pink. A wild, complex bouquet evokes ripe, mineral-tinged citrus fruits, red berries, nectarine and honey, along with a powerful floral overtone. Stains the palate with tightly wound blood orange, strawberry and bitter quince flavors that unfold and deepen on the back

Chateau Pibarnon Bandol Rose 2016
91  Vinous Media 
Vinous Media 91 "Brilliant orange-pink. Mineral-tinged red berry, citrus fruit and lavender aromas are complemented by a deeper nectarine quality. Sappy and seamless on the palate, offering juicy pit fruit and red berry flavors and a hint of blood orange. Smooths out and expands on the long,

Chateau Pibarnon 'Bandol' Rouge 2012
93  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 93 "While most 2012s from the region are slightly superficial and charming, Pibarnon’s 2012 Bandol Rouge has real depth and density, as well as fabulous notes of garrigue, toasted spices, dried Provencal herbs, and sweet red and black fruits. It has present tannin, yet they’re

Chateau Pibarnon 'Bandol' Rouge 2011
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93  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 93 "Like the Restanque de Pibarnon, the 2011 Bandol Rouge shows the sunnier nature of the vintage with its sexy, layered personality. More elegant, seamless and polished, with slightly finer tannin, it offers up beautiful notes of black raspberries, currants, licorice and spice in a

Chateau Pibarnon Bandol Rose 2015
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92  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 92 "Shows range to the blood orange, peach pit, white raspberry and white cherry fruit flavors, gilded with notes of sandalwood and savory through the finish. Sneakily long, offering underlying minerality. Drink now through 2017. 250 cases imported.—J.M."  New York Times Wine

Chateau Pibarnon 'Restanques' Bandol Rouge 2012
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

Chateau Pibarnon Bandol Rose 2014
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92  Vinous Media 
Vinous Media 92 "Light, bright orange. Fresh tangerine, melon and white flowers on the fragrant nose. Juicy and focused, offering intense citrus fruit and red berry flavors and a subtle hint of tarragon. Shows very good clarity on the finish, which features a suave honeysuckle quality and lingering

Chateau Pibarnon 'Bandol' Rouge 2010
94  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 94 "Moving to the classic cuvee and even more impressive (it was one of the top wines I was able to taste for this report), the 2010 Bandol, which is over 90% Mourvedre, sees partial destemming and aging in oak casks, offers both gorgeous aromatic complexity and superb richness and

Chateau Pibarnon 'Rose' Mouvedre/Cinsault 2013
"The most serious rosé we offer, the Château de Pibarnon hails from the storied Bandol AOC and uses a blend of 65% Mourvèdre, 35% Cinsault. The production is mostly direct press (80%), with the remainder (20%) made by the saignée method. This wine can even age a couple of years… if you can wait

Chateau Pibarnon 'Restanques' Bandol Rouge 2010
93  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 93 "Ripe and broad-textured, with concentrated roasted plum, dried berry and wild cherry flavors, accented by notes of paprika and white pepper. Bittersweet chocolate hints show on the dense finish. Drink now through 2020. " ~ KM  Wine Advocate 91 "The entry level red Bandol, the

Chateau Pibarnon 'Rose' Mouvedre/Cinsault 2012
92  International Wine Cellar 
Wine Advocate 92 "One of the top roses coming from the region, the 2012 Bandol Rose gives up mineral-driven notions of orange peel, rose petal, hints of strawberry and distinct, saline-like minerality that gives lift and length to the fruit. Medium-bodied, fresh and crisp, with a focused and

Chateau Pibarnon Rose 2011
"The most serious rosé we offer, the Château de Pibarnon hails from the storied Bandol AOC and uses a blend of 65% Mourvèdre, 35% Cinsault. The production is mostly direct press (80%), with the remainder (20%) made by the saignée method. This wine can even age a couple of years… if you can wait

Chateau Pibarnon 'Bandol' Mouvedre 2006
"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 notes


Chateau Pibarnon Bandol Rose 2010
91  Stephen Tanzer 
 Stephen Tanzer 91 "Light, bright orange. Blood orange, cherry, herbal and floral aromas are underscored by a lively mineral quality. At once dense and fresh, offering potent red berry and bitter citrus flavors and a late note of tarragon. The floral and herbal notes carry through onto the long,