Domaine De Terrebrune

Before acquiring vineyards, Georges Delille trained as a sommelier in Paris. In 1963, he bought what would become Domaine de Terrebrune, a property in Ollioules, just east of Bandol, framed by the Mediterranean and the mountain called Gros-Cerveau (Big Brain), dotted with olive groves and scenic views--an idyllic spot. During the years following the declaration of A.O.C. Bandol (1941), mass overhauling and reconstruction of vineyards were commonplace, and vignerons were eager to revive the noble Mourvèdre grape. Georges spent ten years just renovating the property; he terraced hillsides, refashioned the masonry, replanted vineyards following the advice of Lucien Peyraud, designated soils to lie dormant and regenerate, and built a new cellar. In 1980, his son Reynald joined him after finishing winemaking school, and together they launched their first bottled vintage of Domaine de Terrebrune, which Reynald named in honor of the rich, brown soils they farm.

Reynald's Bandols are different. There is a more ethereal quality to them, a real freshness--and with Mourvèdre accounting for 85% of the final assemblage, this is praise indeed. Soil, climate, and winemaking all play a role. Limestone dominates the subsoil of Bandol, with tremendous variation between vineyards. Throughout Terrebrune's thirty hectares, beneath the layers of clay and earth, the blue, fissured, Trias limestone is silently at work. This bedrock lends a more noticeable minerality to the wine than others. The soil here is healthy and full of nutrients, because he adheres to organic farming practices; to achieve the balance in the vineyards, he plows regularly. Gentle maritime breezes funnel air into the vineyards directly from the Mediterranean, cooling the grapes from the bright sun--another factor in safeguarding the freshness. This, in turn translates to wines for great long-term cellaring, including the rosé and dry white. Reynald's credo of "Philosophy, Rigor, and Respect" is not a catch-phrase. He believes that the hard work and extra attention to the vines is worth it, and, as they say, the proof's in the pudding--a glass of Terrebrune!

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Domaine de Terrebrune Bandol Rose 2016
"Rosé has become so fashionable it’s almost a brand, but as with any other wine, there is tremendous variation in style and quality based on production zone, the grape varieties involved, farming, and, crucially, winemaking. For all the carefree pleasure and refreshment rosé provides, remember that
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Domaine de Terrebrune Bandol Rose 2017
"Young wine, Its aromas are of great finesse: citrus dominance (pink grapefruit, lemon zest) on a dry apricot base, slightly buttered. His mouth is full and complex with spice flavors. It shows a great natural freshness with its minerality without aggressive acidity. Our rosé wines are perfect for

Domaine de Terrebrune Bandol Rose 2015
92  Vinous Media 
Vinous Media 92 "Pale orange. Incisive and sharply focused on the highly fragrant nose, displaying intense red berry and citrus fruit aromas and a sexy floral quality. Sappy and precise, offering vivid blood orange and red currant flavors that deepen slowly with air. At once concentrated and nervy,

Domaine de Terrebrune Bandol Rose 2014
91  Vinous Media 
Wine Advocate 91 "Light pink/salmon in color, with classic orange blossom, melon and tangerine aromas and flavors, as well as that salty minerality that's common from rosé from the region, Domaine Terrebrune's 2014 Bandol Rose is medium-bodied, juicy, rounded and nicely textured, with bright

Domaine de Terrebrune Bandol Rose 2013
92  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 92 "A stunning effort, the 2013 Bandol Rose offers up light strawberry, peach and tangerine notes to go with beautiful underlying marine and salty qualities that keeps you coming back to the glass. Medium-bodied and graceful on the palate, with a juicy, clean feel, it’s a beauty rosé

Domaine Terrebrune Bandol Rose 2012
"Its aromas are of great finesse dominance of citrus (pink grapefruit, lemon zest) on a apricot background dry, lightly buttered. His mouth is full and complex with flavors of spices. He shows great natural freshness by its minerality without aggressive acidity. Our rosé wines are perfectly matched

Domaine de Terrebrune Bandol Rose 2011
International Wine Cellar 92 "(50% mourvedre, 25% cinsault and 25% grenache): Light orange-pink. Spicy, floral-accented aromas of red berries, peach, honey and anise. Juicy, penetrating pit and citrus fruit flavors show impressive clarity and pick up a strawberry quality with air. Notes of candied