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Bandol Blanc, Dom. du Gros Noré
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Bandol Blanc, Dom. du Gros Noré - 2017

Item # 31505 750mL
$36.96/ Single Bottle
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$443.52 $399.17/ Case of 12
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Tasting Notes

Domaine du Gros Noré has been in the region for hundreds years selling grapes to notable producers such as Domaine Ott and Chateau de Pibarnon. It was not until 1997 that Alan started bottling under his label. The wine is tasting better than ever. This Ugni Blanc and Clairette blend offers floral stone fruits and a touch of savory vegetable flavors. Great depth and concentration with a long lasting creamy texture.


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Staff Pick Notes

Gentle giant Alain Pascal has been making wine under his own label for about 20 years. Before that, he and his father sold their grapes to the best estates in the region, including Château de Pibarnon and Domaine Ott. Within that time, his wines have brought notoriety for their precision, power and purity of fruit. This is by far the most intriguing ugni blanc blend I've ever had the pleasure to taste. The best wines, in my mind, contain two truths at once; they're elegant but powerful, weighty but lithe, and totally unique yet still manage to spark a familiar emotional response. This tropical-fruit laden Bandol hits all those notes and truth be told the wine hasn't left my mind since I tasted it a week ago. It is lovely now but could also age for 10 years, easily, and will certainly improve in that time.

- GWN

Astor's Glossary of Terms

Bandol

Arguably the most significant appellation in Provence, Bandol produces spicy, earthy, rich red wines. These tend to be big and well-structured, relying on the Mourvèdre grape for their power. Vines in Bandol are grown in very meager soils of gravel, clay, and limestone: this, combined with the hot, dry coastal climate, gives these thick-skinned berries exactly what they need in order to...

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Ugni Blanc

Known as Trebbiano in Italy, Ugni Blanc is best known as the main ingredient in Cognac.

Provence

Provence has some of the best vine-growing territory in the world, with a perfect Mediterranean climate tempered by the cooling effects of the sea. The region produces a broad range of wines, the majority of which pair effortlessly with the light, herb-infused cuisine of Provence.

Bandol, arguably the most significant appellation in Provence, produces spicy, earthy, rich red wines. These...

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Clairette

Clairette is a term that is applied to several white varieties in southern France: "Clairette Ronde" refers to Ugni Blanc; there is also a pink-skinned variety called Clairette Rose. The real "Clairette Blanche," however, is a touchy grape that is added to many blends in the southern Rhône, Provence, and Languedoc. It is prized in such blends for its bright acidity and its aromatic properties.


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