Rich, rustic and elegant, this is old-school Bandol at its best. The red is a blend of approximately 95% mourvedre and 5% grenache. Tight yet substantial, with rich, savory flavors of licorice and herbs.
|Owner and winemaker Jean-Pierre Gaussen, 77 years old, has been making soulful wines in Bandol for over 40 years. After returning home from the Algerian War in 1962, Jean-Pierre inherited one hectare of vines from his mother. He began bottling at the Domaine in 1970 and has since grown the estate to more than 12 hectares with vines around the village of La Cadiere d’Azur. His vineyards benefit from the Mediterranean climate and are worked exclusively by him and his family. A true admirer of the local varietal - mourvedre - Jean-Pierre, his wife Julia and his daughter Mireille (who has recently joined her parents in the vines and cellar) make the kinds of wines they like to drink. The Bandol is only bottled as “Longue Garde” in vintages where Jean-Pierre feels a solid potential for aging (these bottlings also tend to be high in mourvedre - up to 95%!). In other years, the red is a blend of approximately 70% mourvedre and 30% grenache. Harvest is done by hand with yields of around 35 hectoliters per hectare. The red is fermented with its indigenous yeasts and aged in cuve tronconique or triangular shaped wooden tanks for over 24 months. Rich, rustic, and elegant, this is old-school Bandol at its best!