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2017 Bandol Rouge

Domaine du Gros ’Noré

Here in the Bay Area, fall has hit hard: we’re receiving our first real rainfall in many months, and temperatures have plummeted (to the mid-50s, but it’s all relative). Sweaters are out, the heat is turned up, and the mood is cozy indoors—all that’s missing is a robust red brimming with deep, soulful flavors to righteously usher in the cold months. Alain Pascal’s 2017 rouge is certainly still on the young side, but all it takes is a quick splash in a decanter to coax out its colorful, spirited Provençal character. A bold, tannic beast scented of roasted herbs with a chewy texture as thick and deep as the clay soils that spawned it, this big baby roars out of the gate with real verve. A hearty roast, served with a side of garlicky potatoes seasoned with cooking juices, would be its ideal companion.

Anthony Lynch

Wine Type: red
Vintage: 2017
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: 80% Mourvèdre, 15% Grenache, 5% Cinsault
Appellation: Bandol
Country: France
Region: Provence
Producer: Domaine du Gros ‘Noré
Winemaker: Alain Pascal
Vineyard: 30 years average, 14 ha
Soil: Clay
Farming: Organic (practicing)
Alcohol: 14.5%

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About Provence

map of 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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