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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Staff Image By: Morgan Laurie | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/19/2018 | Send Email
This is a bottle to buy now and stash away for a bit. Or at least until the weather changes into grey, wind swept skies that call for rich, smothered pork chops, braised meats and warmly spiced lamb dishes. This Bandol Rouge is meaty, spicy and full of sweet, rich fruit all at once. Intense and brooding, the finish on this has impressive length. If you decide to drink this sooner rather than later, decant for as long as possible, but if you can put it somewhere and forget about it for awhile, this can cellar for the next ten years.

Staff Image By: Alex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/8/2018 | Send Email
I finally tasted this Southern French Mourvedre/Grenache blend about 3 days after it was opened, and I’m glad I waited. Mourvedre is known for its powerful structure in terms of fruit density and tannin, and usually need to be aged or decanted like crazy. This Begude Bandol was singing by the time I got to it! It had a base profile of concentrated, pure dark fruit, but with intriguing notes of expressive red fruit underlying and hints of wild herbs as well. The tannins are still quite serious and will soften more with additional cellaring. This is a very impressive French red.

Staff Image By: Thomas Smith | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/8/2018 | Send Email
This is one of those wines that I knew I would fall head over heels for within moments of pouring a glass. Unbelievably explosive aromas of red fruits, black fruits with meaty undertones and an abundance of raw power. On the palate, the acidity and the fruit interplay beautifully with structure creating a seamless character on the wine. After tasting, I was surprised how well this walks the line between upfront fruit and old world style and character. It checks all the boxes for me: fruit, character, balance and sense of place. Anyone who feels like they are in a rut with their same old wine choices needs to try one of these bottles. It is absolutely outstanding.

Staff Image By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/4/2018 | Send Email
This great bottle of Bandol inspired me with its traditional, earthy style and excellent long, fresh finish. As soon as I tasted it, I was wishing for a lamb shank and some géant haricots blancs! If you are looking for a red wine that combines the sun of the south with the cool of the sea breeze, it is all right here in this bottle.
Drink from 2018 to 2028

Staff Image By: Sharon Kelly | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/2/2018 | Send Email
If you are attracted to a dark, brooding wine that teases your senses with its spicy aromas, dark fruit notes and structure, then this definitely is the wine you want. We opened this at the start of a Sunday shift at the store and it immediately made quite the impression on us. The nose captured my attention with its depth: violet, black pepper and herbs. My palate was pulled in by the savory notes, blackberry fruit and persistent finish. We could not stop talking about this wine throughout the day! I may have snuck back on more than one occasion for a quick revisit(shh), each sip revealing a little something more to surprise and entice me. This is an absolutely gorgeous, complex wine that will have you coming back for more too.

Staff Image By: Blake Conklin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/30/2018 | Send Email
My relationship with Mourvèdre has always been an off again on again love affair. Some bottles I loved, and some bottles I loved more than others... the Domaine De La Begude is one of those bottles I loved more than others. Peppery, complex, and overall a perfect evening bottle among friends, this Bandol Rouge slays!

Staff Image By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/30/2018 | Send Email
I taste a lot of wine and fortunately I have a lot of "Wow, that is great!" moments. Every once in awhile, you have an emotional connection with a wine that goes beyond "Wow, delicious." This Bandol gave me one of those moments. Bandol is the home base for Mourvedre, a rustic meaty grape that shows it best potential when coming from the heavy calcareous-clay soils from the region. It is a couple of kilometers in from the Mediterranean Sea and the high sun-exposed hills and cool breezes from the sea give the grape the necessary climate to express its best self. Domaine Tempier is probably the benchmark for producers in the region and the wines are deep rich and long lived, and once needed decades to evolve. The overt rusticity in general though has drifted towards the background, ever present but no longer dominant. The winemaking in general is just so much cleaner that gamy nuances are from the Mourvedre fruit and not from brettanomyces, which was prevalent in the old-school wines. So that brings me to Begude. The property is ancient going back centuries but proprietors Guillaume and Soledad Tari are more recent additions to the region coming to Bandol in 1996. With a background and family in Bordeaux, they brought those sensibilities to Bandol, making pure, focused and gorgeous wines. I tasted it a couple of months ago and thought this is a great wine for our French Regional program and we would be happy to have it on our shelves. Now that it has arrived, I tasted it again and BOOM, I was transported. The dusty spices, the smell of the surrounding forest, the warm confiture of blackberry and blackcurrant fruit, notes of toasted nori, the harmonious tannins and sweet long finish. It was everything I didn't know I wanted until I had it. It was definitive. So this part of the story, I would usually recommend buying some bottles, some to drink now, some to put away, but it goes beyond that. I want you to drink this wine. Not because it's ready, but because it's special and in your glass, you will have the definition of what this region is - the warm sunny days, cooling sea breezes, ancient seabed soils, gorgeous surrounding forests and that special grape, Mourvedre. This is what Bandol is and you should have it now.

Additional Information:

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

- 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.
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