2005 Château Pibarnon Bandol

SKU #1054440

95 points and a Highly Recommended from the Wine Spectator: "An intense and focused red, with concentrated mineral, plum and dark cherry that are flanked by tobacco box notes. Lithe yet powerful, with a long, elegant and finely chiseled finish of slate and white pepper. Drink now through 2015." (05/09) Undeniably, the sun-kissed region of Bandol produces some of Provence's greatest red wines. Located just east of Marseilles and Cassis, the appellations regulations stipulate that Bandol rouge must be made with a majority of the powerful Mourvedre grape and from vines a minimum of 8 years of age. In addition, all harvesting must be done by hand, with red wines undergoing a minimum of 18 months in oak before release. Rich and deep, with excellent ageing potential and tremendous character, a well seasoned Bandol is the quintessential accompaniment to one Provence's most famous delicacies, a Gigot d'Agneau (garlic studded leg of lamb).

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- 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.


- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.


- 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.