2012 Domaine de la Bastide Blanche Bandol

SKU #1207250 92 points Wine Spectator

 Rock-solid, with dark bay and roasted chestnut leaf notes leading the way, followed by a muscular core of black currant and blackberry confiture flavors. Worn leather and dried anise details line the finish, while the fruit smolders. On the old-school side of the spectrum. Best from 2017 through 2024. 800 cases imported. (JM)  (7/2015)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 A blend of 70% Mourvedre, 15% Grenache, 10% Cinsault and 5% Syrah that was raised all in foudre, the 2012 Bandol from Domaine la Bastide Blanche gives up classic leather, garrigue, underbrush and sweet black raspberry notes on the nose. Medium-bodied, supple, sexy and with fine tannin, it’s a forward, ready to go beauty to drink over the coming 5-7 years. I’d like to see a touch more concentration, but it’s loaded with character and a great drink. (JD)  (11/2015)

K&L Notes

From the importer: "In the early ‘70s Michel and Louis Bronzo acquired the property of the Bastide Blanche, with an eye to produce from appellation Bandol wines the equal of more famous appellations like Chateauneuf. Their painstaking efforts were rewarded in 1993 when vintage conditions created the benchmark year to put Bandol in general and Bastide-Blanche, in particular, on the map of top producers in France. Common each year to their success are their very low yields, never more than 34 or 35 Hl/Ha, and simply impeccable cellar conditions and attention. Situated in St. Anne de Castellet, a terroir of Bandol rich in limestone. This, and the high proportion of Mourvedre gives this domaine some of the most ripe and expressive of Bandol."

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Staff Image By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/29/2015 | Send Email
I can think of nothing better to drink with fall and winter fare than a hearty red. And nothing can touch Bandol for its shear meatiness and ability to pair with a great braise or stew. Bastide Blanche rivals many of the great producers like Tempier and Pibarnon, but for around half the price. The wine has lush, deep fruit, notes of leather and game, and a velvety texture that lingers for days.

Staff Image By: Mari Keilman | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/16/2015 | Send Email
With temperatures spiking at 100 degrees this week, I know this isn't the appropriate time for a full bodied red wine, but when you taste something this delicious, it deserves to get its moment in the spotlight! While this mourvedre based Bandol is broad and masculine in body and structure, I love the juxtaposition how elegant and high-toned the aromatics are. I let this wine open in my glass for a few hours and I was so impressed at how aromas of flowers played so intricately with a dark, inky currant-based palate. This Bandol rouge is still a baby so buy a couple; one to enjoy now and a few to tuck away in the cellar.

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Varietal:

Mourvedre

- Also called Monastrell and Mataro, Mourvèdre is most famous for the ruby-hued wines of Provence's Bandol region, known for their spicy, gamey, blackberry character, though the grape is grown throughout Provence and the Southern Rhône. Thought to have originated in Spain, it is second only to Grenache in vine acres, with the best examples found in Rioja, Alicante and Penedès.
Country:

France

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Sub-Region:

Provence

- Provence encompasses the southeastern portion of France that borders the Mediterranean. The largest appellation in the region is the Cotes de Provence that spans 49,600 acres of land in and around Marseilles. Thirteen different varietals are grown in this appellation with the most important grapes being Carignan, Cinsault, Grenache, and Mouvedre. While much of the production is dry rose, there are many more serious wines being made from the area. Some of the most important smaller appellations within Provence include Bandol, Coteaux d'Aix-en-Provence, and Coteaux Varois.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.5