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2015 Bandol Rouge

Domaine de la Tour du Bon

2015 Bandol <i>Rouge</i> Domaine de la Tour du Bon - Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant

Made predominantly from the noble Mourvèdre grape, Bandol reds perfectly translate the sun-kissed landscape of Provence. At once profound and generous, they flaunt a somewhat rustic, earthy side while expressing the jovial personality of the Provenc?al people. At Tour du Bon, vigneronne Agnès Henry crafts dense, potent reds from clay and limestone soils tucked beneath the medieval village of Le Castellet. This part of the appellation is shielded from cooling sea breezes, so her wines show a full-throttle ripeness and almost bloody, animal character that shines alongside lamb and game dishes, rich tomato sauces, and other hearty Mediterranean cuisine featuring plenty of garlic and herbs. Delicious today, this Provençal beast will have no problem aging and evolving in bottle for twenty more years.

Anthony Lynch

$36.00
Vintage: 2015
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: 55% Mourvèdre, 25% Grenache, 15% Cinsault, 5% Carignan
Appellation: Bandol
Country: France
Region: Provence
Producer: Domaine de la Tour du Bon
Winemaker: Hocquard-Henry Family
Soil: Clay, Limestone, Silt, Sandstone
Aging: Wines age in foudres for 18 months before bottling
Farming: Organic (practicing)
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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When buying red Burgundy, I think we should remember:

1. Big wines do not age better than light wine.
2. A so-called great vintage at the outset does not guarantee a great vintage for the duration.
3. A so-called off vintage at the outset does not mean the wines do not have a brilliant future ahead of them.
4. Red Burgundy should not taste like Guigal Côte-Rôtie, even if most wine writers wish it would.
5. Don’t follow leaders; watch yer parking meters.

Inspiring Thirst, page 174

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