Bandol rouge, Château Salettes 2014

03/05/2014

Bandol rouge, Château Salettes 2014

£120.00

 Mourvèdre, Grenache Noir

If you want 3,000 hours of sunshine each year then come to Bandol nestling between Toulon and Marseilles on the Mediterranean coast. This is one of the few places where the “royal” grape Mourvèdre can grow and ripen. Extremely low yields (only one bottle of wine from one vine) hand- harvesting, fermentation in old oak foudres and then a further 18 months development make a wine of real pedigree and class  — the Jewel of Provence !
The Boyer family have been making Bandol rouge at Château. Salettes for sixteen generations, so it would be fair to say that they know their terroir and how to combine the best aspects of traditional and modern winemaking.

The wine is unusual as it can be enjoyed within a few years of bottling but will also change and develop for up to 20 years after the vintage. Deep ruby red with an explosion of red and black fruits and hints of countryside aromas. Well structured and powerful, this is a big wine that  easily out muscles one dimensional offerings from the New World.  You can drink it on it`s own if you are a NFL linebacker or Aussie Rugby League player, or with red meat dishes if less endowed !

As owner Jean Pierre-Boyer says
“a four hundred year love story from Provence.”

Drink now — 2027   

 

No of bottles:
6
Price per bottle:
£20.00