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2012 Domaine de la Vivonne Bandol (Previously $30)

SKU #1486432 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark A blend of 85% Mourvèdre and 15% Grenache, the 2012 Bandol Rouge (yes, the 2012 is the current release) offers up hints of baseball glove, dark, plummy fruit and hints of mint. It's medium to full-bodied, with a rugged, muscular feel on the palate that is somehow also approachable. (JC) Inner quote mark (5/2019)

K&L Notes

This historic domaine, established in the 17th century and named for its founder Anne Vivonne, was acquired by M. Michel Benhaim in 2010. The vines are located in Castellet, the heart of Bandol with its marl and limestone soils. Using sustainable vineyard practices and traditional non-interventionist winemaking in the cellar, the grapes are all fermented in concrete tanks using indigenous yeasts and then the wine is aged for two years in large oak foudre. A truly classic and expressive rendition that is sure to delight all fans of Bandol and big southern French-styled reds.

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By: Kate Soto | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/14/2020 | Send Email
Wines from Bandol tend to have the structure and concentration to age well, and this 2012 from Domaine de la Vivonne is no exception. Its fruit has a touch of maturity, with dried plum, lavender, and spicy black tea notes. It's round and full on the palate, showing hints of smoky leather and cedar on the finish. This would be gangbusters with an herb-crusted beef roast.

By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/10/2020 | Send Email
Bandol reigns as one of my favorite red producing regions south of the Rhone Valley. It is home to the best Mourvedres in the world. I was delighted to find this wine when the supplier discovered a cache of 2012. And, one of the secrets to great (ie drinkable) Bandols is a bit of bottle age. Mourvedre is a fickle mistress that needs a place like Bandol to express its fullest potential. When the wines age, the firm tannins become more supple and then the velvety texture of the wines are revealed. And the Vivonne is there! About 8 years of age on it and the wine is harmonious and pure. It is redolent of dried blueberries, incense, rosemary, burnished leather and potpourri. It is hard to find such a classic expression for a region that is this precise, accessible and affordable. A great introduction if you have never had one and the sweet spot for fans of great drinking Bandol!

By: Kaj Stromer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/10/2020 | Send Email
This is one of the coolest wines I've tasted recently. We all love the deep brooding wines of Bandol but frequently avert our gaze as the wines need years to soften. At eight years of age, the La Vivonne has turned into a silky elegant red wine with a perfect streak of maturity. There's all that dark blue and red fruit delivered over the palate in a satchel of old saddle leather. It's like pulling a bottle out of your own wine cellar that's been resting peacefully for soon a decade. This is a must buy at a ridiculously low price.

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