17th-23th April 2014
The bottle of the week
Château de Pibarnon
> Bandol 2011 Red
In 1977, when Henri de Saint Victor discovered La Cadière d'Azur, not far from Bandol, he was enchanted by Château de Pibarnon.
He decided on a whim to get into the adventure that is the wine industry. He purchased the estate and decided to enlarge it.
Yet that land is aggressive. The rebellious stony soil needed to be cleared with a backhoe loader and dynamite.
But the efforts are paying off, the Château has become a reference within Bandol, where Mourvèdre reached its fullness.
Alas, Henri de Saint Victor passed in May 2013. His son, Eric, has had the onerous task of growing this legacy, and has done so wonderfully. His 2013 rose, assembling Mourvèdre and Cinsault, both fruity and fleshy, has character. A great gastronomic Rosé.
But Bandol wines are primarily reds, which should be left to mature. The 2011 is no exception to this rule. It opens with hints of liquorice, ripe dark fruits, a touch of mint brings it a lot of freshness. The spicy palate is elegant. It lengthens out on charming tannins to thrive on a slightly mineral finish.
A wine to keep in the cellar now and to bring out in a few years.