Gault & Millau
Château de Pibarnon
> Bandol 2010 red - 17/20 / Favourite
It usually takes some time for the Château de Pibarnon Bandols to reveal their potential.
And the 2010 is just beginning to develop with hints of Kalamata olives, morello cherries, peonies and cracked pepper.
The palate has a subtle balance with a great emphasis on tannins. No over-concentration here, but a lot of elegance perfumed with dark fruit and cracked pepper.
> Bandol 2011 Red - 16,5/20
Sunnier than the 2010, thoughts turn to black olive, quince jam, with a hint of Russian leather coming through.
Maturity is found in the mouth, suave, but this reveals tannins that are still slightly more angular than one would hope.
Explosive liquorice finale, conjuring up pears in red wine.
> Bandol 2012 Red - 16,5/20
First taste is very rustic, with blood orange aromas.
A wine which must be decanted: the Mourvèdre grape certainly has to be waited for, for a few years.
The vintage's atypical character is nevertheless its palate, bringing hints of warmth, built around red berries.
> Bandol 2014 White - 16,5/20
Glistening precision in the finish, density and salinity in a magic glove, that should be served, once decanted, with a carpaccio of seabass and fennel confit.
Château de Pibarnon / Les Restanques
> Bandol 2011 Red - 15,5/20
Precise style with roasted cocoa beans, orange marmalade, macerated strawberry and cachou lozenges, a tad volatile.
The fruit is delectable on the palate, with fine grain tannins and immediate pleasure, despite the strength of the assembly. Cherry finish.