Domaine de Terrebrune Bandol Mourvedre Blend Bandol 2011
Reynald's Bandols are different. There is a more ethereal quality to them, a real freshness-and with Mourvèdre accounting for 85% of the final assemblage, this is praise indeed. Soil, climate, and winemaking all play a role. Limestone dominates the subsoil of Bandol, with tremendous variation between vineyards. Throughout Terrebrune's thirty hectares, beneath the layers of clay and earth, the blue, fissured, Trias limestone is silently at work. This bedrock lends a more noticeable minerality to the wine than others. The soil here is healthy and full of nutrients, because he adheres to organic farming practices; to achieve the balance in the vineyards, he plows regularly. Gentle maritime breezes funnel air into the vineyards directly from the Mediterranean, cooling the grapes from the bright sun-another factor in safeguarding the freshness. This, in turn translates to wines for great long-term cellaring, including the rosé and dry white. Reynald's credo of "Philosophy, Rigor, and Respect" is not a catch-phrase. He believes that the hard work and extra attention to the vines is worth it, and, as they say, the proof's in the pudding-a glass of Terrebrune!
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Since the domain’s creation in 1980, the emphasis has been on the meticulous care of the vineyards. Everything from plowing the field, to pruning and harvesting is done by hand. The wine reflects the dark brooding flavors of the rich brown soil (Terrebrune). Ageing is key and after 10 years in the bottle flavors of game, leather, baked fruit and tobacco have flourished.