Bandol Rouge, Bastide de la Ciselette
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Bandol Rouge, Bastide de la Ciselette - 2019

Item # 43772 750mL
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Tasting Notes

A red wine only made in great years. Bandol enjoys a long and rich history of winemaking along the picturesque cliffs of the Mediterranean, making the benchmark Mourvèdre-based wines of France. And while Bastide de la Ciselette may be a neophyte as a domaine—becoming the 57th estate of the AOC in 2010—they have been tending the vineyards for many years, opting to sell their fruit to the local co-op.

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Staff Pick Notes

The vineyards are situated in the beautiful area between Marseille and Toulon, close to the Mediterranean sea. Sunny and warm with fresh breezes from the sea. Mourvedre thrives here. Until recently, the owners of this vineyards were selling the grapes to local cooperatives and wine was made somewhere else.In 2010 Robert De Salvo, last generation of this family, decided to create a vinery in the estate. A bit of Grenache (20%) is added giving freshness and perfume to the wine. On the palate you can taste the typical Mourvedre flavors, such as black berry, dark plum, cocoa and tobacco. Usually Bandols tend to be very full body wines. This one is smoother and more polished. Delicious!


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