Domaine de la Tour du Bon 2016 Bandol Rouge, Bandol, Provence, France
Winemaker: Agnès Henry
Variety: 55% Mourvedre, plus Grenache, Cinsault, Carignan
Terroir: Le Brûlat du Castellet, in the northwestern corner of the A.O.C. Bandol. 38-year-old average vines on Clay, Limestone, Silt, Sandstone. The Domaine is situated at an altitude of 150 meters above sea-level—a high point on this coastal appellation where maritime breezes cool the arid climate. Fourteen hectares of red earth, clay, sand, and gravel rest upon sturdy limestone bedrock. Brow-beating excavation and focused determination alone have built these vineyards.
Vinification: Grapes are harvested by hand and de-stemmed. Traditional vinification with indigenous yeasts follows, with a judicious use of punch-downs and pump-overs.
Aging: Wines age in foudres for 18 months before bottling