Appellation Bandol needs no introduction to Australia, it’s wines were long ago successfully introduced to the fine wine scene here and have since graced many restaurant wine lists. The mainstay grape variety in Bandol is Mourvèdre which also needs no introduction as it has lived successfully domestically for over 150 years and has contributed to many celebrated old wines (and their fond memories). In the last 10 years some of Australia’s best wine estates have been bottling special plots of Mourvèdre on it’s own. The rare white Bandol Blanc 2014 is a blend of Clairette, Ugni Blanc and Rolle and has lovely fresh pear, citrus and apple aromas with a lovely zesty freshness. Full but dry and crunchy in the mouth; it is admirably long with a tantalizing zip at the end. Delicious
Bandol has eight separate villages, each with its own differing geology and microclimate. Up in the commune of Le Brulat is Domaine de la Tour du Bon, run now completely by Agnès, whose father originally bought the domaine in 1968. The estate comprises 12 hectares, which are worked organically and quasi-biodynamically and is planted to around 50% Mourvedre, 25% Grenache and the rest Cinsault, Carignan, Rolle and Clairette. The soils are ancient and predominantly clay limestone, with part red clay sandstone and part white limestone and sand.