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2011 Bandol Rouge

Domaine de Terrebrune

2011 Bandol <i>Rouge</i> Domaine de Terrebrune - Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant
Terrebrune’s Bandol brings up an interesting paradox: how can a red composed of 85% Mourvèdre—a notoriously ferocious, rustic cépage—exhibit so much elegance and polish? I recently asked myself this very question as I brutishly sipped the 2011, gnawing some meat off a lamb chop with barbaric impudence and pausing only to wipe my greasy hands on the pristine white tablecloth. Terroir and winemaking certainly have something to do with it, I thought, and then forgot about it as I savagely bit another chunk of meat off the bone and washed it down with this deep, classy Bandol, a combination of angelic grace with tooth-staining fruit and notes of briary wild herbs and gamey beast. –Anthony Lynch
$39.00
Vintage: 2011
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: 85% Mourvèdre, 10% Grenache, 5% Cinsault
Appellation: Bandol
Country: France
Region: Provence
Producer: Domaine de Terrebrune
Winemaker: Reynald Delille
Vineyard: 20 years average
Soil: Limestone pebbles in brown clay, blue limestone bedrock, marl
Aging: Wine ages in oak foudres for 18 months
Farming: Organic
Alcohol: 14%

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About Provence

Perhaps there is no region more closely aligned with the history to Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant than Provence. Provence is where Richard Olney, an American ex-pat and friend of Alice Waters, lived, and introduced Kermit to the great producers of Provence, most importantly Domaine Tempier of Bandol. Kermit also spends upwards of half his year at his home in a small town just outside of Bandol.

Vitis vinifera first arrived in France via Provence, landing in the modern day port city of Marseille in the 6th century BC. The influence of terroir on Provençal wines goes well beyond soil types. The herbs from the pervasive scrubland, often referred to as garrigue, as well as the mistral—a cold, drying wind from the northwest that helps keep the vines free of disease—play a significant role in the final quality of the grapes. Two more elements—the seemingly ever-present sun and cooling saline breezes from the Mediterranean—lend their hand in creating a long growing season that result in grapes that are ripe but with good acidity.

Rosé is arguably the most well known type of wine from Provence, but the red wines, particularly from Bandol, possess a great depth of character and ability to age. The white wines of Cassis and Bandol offer complexity and ideal pairings for the sea-influenced cuisine. Mourvèdre reigns king for red grapes, and similar to the Languedoc and Rhône, Grenache, Cinsault, Marsanne, Clairette, Rolle, Ugni Blanc among many other grape varieties are planted.

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