The Bandol wine region is located on France's Côte d'Azur east of Marseille and Cassis. The AOC covers the production of 8 communes with silicon & limestone soils. These soils and the warm, coastal climate are ideally suited for the late ripening Mourvèdre grape which is the major varietal of the region. For both the red and rosé wines, Mourvèdre must account for at least 50% of the blend, though most producers will use significantly more, with Grenache & Cinsaut usually filling out the rest of the wine’s composition.
Chateau de Pibarnon is a 600 hectare estate with 22 hectares under vine that overlooks the Mediterranean Sea. The estate has an extraordinary diversity of soils and expositions. This mosaic of soils, aspects, and vines is a color pallet for a vigneron.
The 2017 Rouge is a mainly Mourvèdre with a touch of Grenache.