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2021 Bandol Blanc

Domaine de Terrebrune
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The defining features of Terrebrune’s terroir are its direct proximity to the Mediterranean, in the path of cooling sea breezes, and the distinctive soil from which the vines emerge—reddish clay over fissured limestone from the Triassic era, extremely rare in Bandol. Both contribute to the house style: these are lean, taut, and focused wines of great elegance capable of long-term aging. No need to wait, though—this precise, mineral blend of Clairette, Ugni Blanc, and Bourboulenc has an ethereal perfume, reminiscent of blossoming flowers with a hint of fennel, that makes it irresistible right now. 

Anthony Lynch


Technical Information
Wine Type: white
Vintage: 2021
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: Clairette, Ugni Blanc, Bourboulenc
Appellation: Bandol
Country: France
Region: Provence
Producer: Domaine de Terrebrune
Winemaker: Reynald Delille
Vineyard: 15 years average
Soil: Limestone pebbles in brown clay, blue limestone bedrock, marl
Aging: Ages for 6-8 months in barrel before bottling
Farming: Organic (certified)
Alcohol: 13%

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About The Region

Provence

map of Provence

There is perhaps no region more closely aligned with the history of Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant than Provence. While Kermit began his career as a Burgundy specialist, he soon fell in love with Provence and its wines, notably the legendary Bandols of Domaine Tempier, which he began importing in 1977. He later began living in the area part-time, returning frequently between tasting trips, and today he spends most of his time at his home just outside of Bandol.

Provence is thought to be France’s most ancient wine region, established when Greek settlers landed in the modern-day port city of Marseille in the 6th century BC. The conditions here are ideal for cultivation of the grapevine, with a hot, dry climate and a prevalence of poor, rocky soils, primarily limestone-based, suitable for vines and not much else. The ever-present southern sunshine as well as the mistral, a cold, drying wind from the northwest that helps keep the vines free of disease, are crucial elements of Provençal terroir. Wild herbs from the pervasive scrubland, called garrigue, and cooling saline breezes from the Mediterranean also contribute to the quality and character of wines in all three colors.

Provence is well known for its rosés, but red wines have always held importance here. The very best, such as those from Bandol, possess great depth and a capacity for long-term aging. The white wines, notably those of Cassis, offer weight balanced by a maritime freshness, making them ideal pairings for the local seafood. Mourvèdre reigns king for red grapes, supported mainly by Grenache and Cinsault, while Clairette, Marsanne, Rolle, and Ugni Blanc are the region’s principal white grapes.

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Let the brett nerds retire into protective bubbles, and whenever they thirst for wine it can be passed in to them through a sterile filter. Those of us on the outside can continue to enjoy complex, natural, living wines.

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