1/3rd Mourvèdre, 1/3rd Grenache, 1/3rd Cinsault, made by direct press to give its colour. Robert and I have long coveted a Bandol in our offering – we are pleased to have found one, and it is a cracker! JP Gaussen are proud ultra-traditionalists, so expect a classic. There’s a touch of orange to the pink colour, wonderful Provence nose of dried herbs and crisp red fruit, and a palate that combines salinity and freshness with more savoury, deeper notes.
About the Domaine
Jean-Pierre and his wife Julia bought and planted their first land in Bandol in 1962. Starting with just 1ha, they chose a site in the heart of Bandol, between La Cadière d’Azur and Le Brûlat, where pebbly red clay soils are responsible for some of the appellations most elegant, supple wines. Jean-Pierre has never used pesticides or herbicides, preferring to do things the old way. The oldest vines are now 61, and the average age 40, with a high proportion of Mourvèdre and some Grenache. In the cellar, built into a cave and naturally cool, methods are traditional, but the winery is modern, gravity fed and with full temperature control. The grapes are destemmed, with the wines fermenting naturally over around 15 days, before spending 18 months in foudre before bottling with no fining or filtration.