Château de Pibarnon Mourvedre Blend Bandol 2004
Oh frabjous joy - it's back! As usual small quantities only from the 'Petrus of Bandol'. Pibarnon's greatness owes much to the passion of Comte de Saint Victor who bought the property when he fell in love with its wine on holiday and subsequently restored the 13th century Bastide (a Provençal country house) and the vineyards, which were in disarray. Château de Pibarnon is located to the north of Bandol on the Télégraphe hill, which was once part of the Toulon-Paris optical telegraph system. He enlarged the estate carving new terraces out of the calcareous soil. The hill whereon the vineyard parcels are located is a geographical oddity, containing Triassic limestone - very different to the granite and other soils in the region. This and the altitude to 300 metres explain Pibarnon's great elegance and aromatic finesse. The Mourvèdre vines are protected from the fierce Mistral by the semi-circular amphitheatre of terraces. Vineyards tasks are carried out by hand: severe selection means low yields. There is rigorous adherence to quality in the vineyard, including careful (and traditional) gobelet training, green harvesting (removal and disposal of some bunches of grapes from the vine before ripening begins) and keeping yields less than 40 hl/ha. The vines themselves are predominantly Mourvèdre, this grape dominating the red wine that is the only such wine produced by the Château - no super-cuvées here. In addition there is a fine rosé produced by the saignée method (bleeding the juice off the red grapes following sufficient contact to impart the pink colour) from young Mourvèdre and Cinsault vines, as well as a white wine, produced from the traditional varieties of the region; Clairette, Bourboulenc, Marsanne, Roussanne and Petit Manseng. The winemaking for the red is traditional with three weeks vatting and daily pigeage to obtain dark colour and long potential lifespan. The wine is then matured in large oak barrels for eighteen months with up to fourteen rackings to air the Mourvèdre. Initially, Pibarnon is vibrant with stone-fruit, blackberry and violet aromas, but subsequently develops sophisticated secondary aromas of tobacco, leather, pine, and dried fruits. 'From Bandol, tart in the finish, a little too flinty for my companion, but my teeth appreciate a hint of limestone in a grape. There is something manly and voracious in it somehow, as though one is drinking the rocky underpinning of the planet.' (Howard Jacobson) Unique, tongue-larruping wine to be tried with grilled meats, venison, hare, truffles and goat's cheese. Alternatively, put this in a dark corner of the cellar and forget about it for five years.
I really liked this one. We bought in Bandol and ate with a grilled Cote de Boeuf. It was great with the meal, but with this one at 28euros and the other one we got: Domaine de Souviou 2004 at 12euros I think the cheaper one was a better value (similar flavors to me) to drink right now. The CdP might be better over time and we have no complaints at all. Bandol is supposed to be the "best" area in Provence, especially for reds. After these 2 I would buy that. *open them both at least 2 hrs before.
2004 vintage and I tasted in 2010 July. It is dark, full, tannic. Packed with ripe cherries, licorice and pepper. Very nice now. Good to pair with some stronger flavor food.
External Reviews for Château de Pibarnon Mourvedre Blend Bandol
Rouge 2004 - Château de Pibarnon: Rouge 2004 - Rotwein von Château de PibarnonDer edle Bordeaux aus der Provence, Bandol besitzt eine würzige Nase mit Anklängen von dunklen Früchten. Ein konzentrierter Rotwein, der im weiteren Verlauf Aromen von Kakao und Pfeffer preisgibt. Der Rouge 2004 von Château de Pibarnon ist ein angenehmer Begleiter zu Confit de Canard und Putenbrust.Weingut: Château de PibarnonLand: FrankreichRegion: ProvenceRebsorte: Mourvèdre, GrenacheInhalt: 0,75 lAlkoholgehalt: 13,5 Vol.%Fassreife: in Barriques gereift (18 Monate)Empfohlene Serviertemperatur: 16-18°CLagerfähigkeit: 10 - 15 Jahre ab Jahrgang Suche nach Rebsorten > Rote Rebsorten > Grenache
Inky, opaque and purple. You will enjoy the self-inflicted pleasure this brawny interpretation of Mourvedre pounds into your palate. Its grand nose is replete with the typical garrigue-laden and grilled meat influenced bramble and blackberry. The first sip unleashes BBQd plums and blackberry preserves peppered with huckleberry, pie cherries and white pepper. Mix in the undertones of blueberry and cinnamon stick and you've got the perfect wine for barbeque, braised meats and nights alone with a haunch of game. Grip to spare.