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Agnès Henry is a charming, easygoing woman, but her red Bandols are quite the opposite: these powerful, intensely structured beasts mean serious business. In the tiny village of Le Brûlat, her vineyards lie at the northern extreme of the coastal Bandol appellation, where maritime influence is ever-so-slightly mitigated. Coupled with the heavy red clay soils that make up the area, this gives her wines a correspondingly bigger, brawnier character than in your average big, brawny Bandol. This is especially true for the cuvée Saint Ferréol, which showcases Mourvèdre in its most rustic, gnarly form. Earthy notes of leather, game, and black fruit, along with a fresh, grippy finish, make this chewy red perfect for winter meals and worthy of a place in your cellar.
|Blend:||90% Mourvèdre, 10% Carignan|
|Producer:||Domaine de la Tour du Bon|
|Soil:||Clay, Limestone, Silt, Sandstone|
|Aging:||Wines age in foudres for 18 months before bottling|
I want you to realize once and for all: Even the winemaker does not know what aging is going to do to a new vintage; Robert Parker does not know; I do not know. We all make educated (hopefully) guesses about what the future will bring, but guesses they are. And one of the pleasures of a wine cellar is the opportunity it provides for you to witness the evolution of your various selections. Living wines have ups and downs just as people do, periods of glory and dog days, too. If wine did not remind me of real life, I would not care about it so much.
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