Domaine Gros Nore, Bandol Rouge 2019Regular price $60.00 Save $-60.00
Variety: Mourvèdre, Grenache, and Cinsault
Honoré is the patriarch for which this domain derived its name. He and his son, Alain Pascal are both herculean in size and strength, though with a tenderness that comes through in the wines. The quality of their Bandol fruit remains exceptional, though they sold most of their fruit to other great producers like Domaine Ott and Chateau de Pibarnon. It wasn’t until the death of Honoré that Alain made the jump to begin Domaine du Gros ‘Noré, farming sixteen hectares with his brother, Guy. Alain distinguishes himself from other producers with his decision to use 80% Mourvèdre in his blend when wine law dictates he uses at least 50%. He chooses to let the grapes ripen fully on the vines allowing for fully concentrated wine with character and finesse.
This is a true ‘vin de garde,’ a wine for aging. You could of course drink this soon, but it will be singing a few years from now. The wine comes from 30 year old vines coming from clay soils and aged for 18 months in large barrels. Pair this wine with grilled lamb or pork just as Alain Pascal would have.