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Provence, France

Domaine de Terrebrune Bandol 2011


Blend:
Mourvèdre 85%, Grenache, Cinsault
Colour:
Red
Body:
Medium-full
Style:
Organic Status:
Certified Organic
Alcohol:
14.51% (Number on label may differ)
About:
“The most classic and successful in Bandol”, says Revue de Vins de France this wine also has many Michelin star listings in France, too. Bandol produces some of the richest flavoured, most tannic red wines of the South of France from the Mourvèdre grape but where others tend to be quite powerful, Terrebrune is all about finesse and freshness. The estate lies on a unique terroir in Bandol based on a limestone subsoil with "terre brune" topsoil, which has always been farmed organically since being planted between 1962 and 1985 by the current owner's father. As required by the Appellation of Bandol, this red is aged 18 months in foudre. The estate puts its all into just one great Cuvée, based on 85% Mourvèdre. And with just 34 mg/l of total SO2, this wine is good for the vin nature lover, albeit very classically flavoured.
Tasting Notes:
The best vintage of this great Bandol red I've ever tasted, it has spectacular, complex and very fine aromas of cassis, lifted and fresh prune, black cherry, chocolate, black pepper, black tea, a hint of seaweed, leather (black!?), all the elements magically vying with each other in a rich yet refreshing perfume. The palate has an impeccable freshness and finesse of rich, rich tannins underpinning the rich fruit. It's bone dry with a hint of fruit sweetness and juicy. Flavours of marmalade and licorice add to the complexity and it puts a big smile - or tears of joy - on this taster's face! It is exubrant yet somehow discreet. Fabulous.
Vintage Notes:
Vineyards:
From a unique geological zone within Bandol, known as Trias, a stony brown clay topsoil over a deep limestone bed, the vines are grown on north-facing terraces for a slow ripening. The viticulture has always been organic. The climate is Mediterranean and there's an influence of humidity from the sea just a few km away. The vines are 10 to 50 years old. Grapes are hand picked into 30 kg small boxes to protect the fruit, with a very careful selection.
Winemaking:
Whole bunches were destemmed and very gently crushed then fed by gravity into stainless steel tank for fermentation by wild yeasts and no other additions, at temperatures controlled to 25-28ºC, during 20 days with regular pumping over and punching down of the cap. The wine is matured 18 months in old 40 to 60 hl foudres. The wine is bottled unfiltered and unfined.
Closure:
Cork
Production:
50,000 bottles (4,167 cases)
Press:
RVF, April 2015. Rouge 2011 is top wine of the vintage, 16.5/20 (with Tour du Bon St Ferreol). April 2013: "Reynald Delille has crafted, since the 1980s, Bandol in a style apart" RVF, Special Millesime 2011, Great Success. RVF, Special Millesime 2010, Exceptional Success. RVF, July 2011: "Top 100 Grands vins de Mediterranée. Terrebrune is the most classic and accomplished in Bandol".  
Product Code:
TER11BAR
Price:
¥7,020 / bottle SRP inc. tax

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