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Provence, France

Domaine de Terrebrune Bandol Blanc 2014


Blend:
Clairette 40%, Ugni, Bourboulenc, Rolle, Marsanne
Colour:
White
Body:
Medium
Style:
Dry
Organic Status:
Certified Organic
Alcohol:
12.72% (Number on label may differ)
About:
“The finest white in Provence” says Revue de Vins de France and the wine has many Michelin star listings in France, too. There is something magical about this white Bandol, as with all Terrebrune wines. There's complexity but it's not complicated. There's richness and depth but also a lightness of touch. It comes from a unique terroir in Bandol based on a limestone subsoil with "terre brune" topsoil, which has always been farmed organically since planting in 1962. The wine sees no oak. The 2014 comes in at just 12.72% alcohol, too!
Tasting Notes:
This has lovely expressive aromas of lemon, pear, grapefruit, peach, white flower, both deep and soaring at the same time. The palate is soft with a gentle tension from the refreshing acidity, less than preceding vintages, and broad expressive fruit which captures hints of green olive and lemon confit on the finish. It's a total pleasure and more than a match for all fine Provençal cuisine.
Vintage Notes:
2014 was a challenging year in Provence due to a wet Spring and persistent humidity, rainfall and up and down temperatures. Did you turn the rain into volume or did you work even harder than normal to minimise the impact of rain, produce quality but once more reduce the crop? Result is a vintage of very varying quality, with whites fairing better than reds - and since 95% of production in Provence is now rosé perhaps it doesn't matter very much! As usual the best bet is to buy only from the most conscientious, tried and tested producers, who rose to the challenge and have made a smaller volume of superb wines, such as Terrebrune rosé.
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 30 to 40 years old. Grapes are hand picked into 30 kg small boxes to protect the fruit, with a very careful selection.
Winemaking:
After carefully sorting out any fruit that's not in perfect condition, the bunches are very gently crushed and pressed and the juice run by gravity into stainless steel tank. Fermentation was carried out with only wild yeasts at temperatures controlled to 18-20ºC during 15 to 20 days. The malo is blocked. The wine is matured in stainless steel.
Closure:
Cork
Production:
14,000 bottles (1,167 cases)
Press:
RVF, Special Millesime 2011, Exceptional Success: Terrebrune Blanc. RVF, Special Millesime 2010, Exceptional Success: Terrebrune Blanc.  
Product Code:
TER14BAW
Price:
¥6,480 / bottle SRP inc. tax

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