Guide des Meilleurs Vins de France 2014
Château de Pibarnon
Eric de Saint Victor is in charge of this vineyard, created in the 1970s.
At the time, the wines of Pibarnon emerged in a vineyard landscape in Bandol which was still unassuming. Around Tempier, Ott, Bunan and Pradeaux, Pibarnon stands out as a dynamic outsider, both conquering and enterprising. The last tasting was convincing, including a rosé which has found a noticeably more Bandol-like character in its spicy expression and a tasty, broad 2010 red!
In 2013, a new page in the history of Pibarnon turned with the death of Henri de Saint Victor, who, during almost forty years, was the iconic builder of the vineyard.
> 2012 White, flexible and light, tends towards a simple ans fruity wine.
> If the Rosé has sometimes appeared a little technological, the spicy and vinous style of the Mourvèdre has taken over and the 2012 is long, fragrant and tasty; it will, without a doubt, even evolve well a year after being bottled.
> As for the red, the second wine, 2010's Les Restanques de Pibarnon is a pleasant fruity wine, with soft and fluid tannins, that can be consumed now. The 2010 was closed and slightly reduces when opened, but leaves room for fine peppery notes when aerated. The tannins are quite fine and so begin to melt. Conversely, the 2009 is very fluid with a hollow mid-palate. It is a light Bandol with pleasant hints of mint, but it has to be consumed quite young! The secondary aromas of spices and dried leaves of 2008 appear on the nose. Liquorice-tasting on the palate, it seems attractive. After one year, it has become fuller-bodied.