GROS NORE Bandol 2016
Bandol 2016

GROS NORE Bandol 2016

Bandol 2016
Gros Nore Bandol
Retail Price: $44
DDWA Score: 92
Value Rating: 3.1
Very Good Value
Wine Factor: 1.5
Date Posted: May 24, 2022
Where to Buy:
Wine.com

The “capital of Mourvedre,” Bandol lies on the French Mediterranean. The consistently very warm sun and hillside vineyards make Mourvedre ripe and the wines dark and rich. The 2016 Gros Nore is an outlier…it is dark, strong and rich as expected of Bandol. Its relative softness and accessibility (i.e. delicious now) is out of the ordinary for this producer. I get chocolate covered cherries, pipe tobacco, tarragon, black olives and smoky beef jerky. Fine tannins aplenty and medium acidity tells me it will improve through 2025 at least. But hard to keep the lips off of it now! This is 80% Mourvedre, 15% Grenache, 5% Cinsault. All Estate fruit, aged in large, neutral-ish barrels for 18 months.

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