2014 Domaine de la Begude Bandol Rouge

SKU #1353646 94 points Wine Enthusiast

 This is an impressively rich, still very young wine. Dominated by Bandol's own Mourvèdre grape, it is dense and concentrated. Spice and dark red fruits are shot through with a wonderful herbal character that conjures the southern warmth. The wine is still just setting out and will not be ready to drink before 2019. (RV)  (7/2017)

K&L Notes

Guillaume and Soledad Tari run this beautiful estate in the elevated seaside appellation of Bandol. Bandol is an incredible micro-climate with its concave shaped vineyards that gain the exposure of the sun and the cooling effects of the seaside breezes, all while making powerfully rich Mourvedre based wines that evolve beautifully over the years. The 2014 Bandol is a blend of 65% Mourvedre, 25% Grenache and 10% Cinsault with an average vine age of 25 years. Just starting to develop, the Begude offers up deep black fruited flavors accompanied by notes of anise and spices. Give this a good decant for an hour or so and then serve with grilled lamb or tagines of slow cooked meats with African spices.

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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 (%): 13.5