This is the first time we stumbled upon a dominant mourvedre, a grape that’s usually blended with grenache and syrah in small amounts to contribute character and structure to a typical French wine. The mourvedre in the Bandol, however, is fantastic in its own right, making up about 80% of this wine. The full-bodied red blend’s complexity is evident on the nose, where an infusion of vanilla, spice, leather and cherry rounds out the bouquet. On the palate, silky red fruits are accompanied by playful spice that is more of a sensation than a flavor. Notes of buttery leather carry through to a vanilla finish that lasts. If you’re looking for a unique French wine, this $30 bottle is a great candidate. As an added bonus, studying this mourvedre will allow you to pick up the grape’s subtleties in other French wines. And, it’s just delightful.
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Unique grape varietal and silky flavor.
Leather notes and buttery texture make this wine very rich - it takes a few sips to get acclimated. If you're not prepared, it may be overwhelming.
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