Domaine de Terrebrune - Bandol Terroir du Trias Rouge 2016
Domaine de Terrebrune - Bandol Terroir du Trias Rouge 2016 (90+ TSW)
Today a blend of of 85% Mourvèdre, 10% Grenache and 5% Cinsault from Bandol . One of my favorite French wine regions.
Domaine de Terrebrune is located in the Provence, east of the Bandol appellation. This estate was founded in 1963 by Georges Delille.
In 1975 the cellar was built to allow gravity vinification and aging of the wines in the best conditions.
The first marketing of their wine started in 1980, this year is also the integration of their son George Delille, Reynald, into the family domain.
Today, the estate is present on 30 hectares in the Bandol appellation with an average annual volume of about 1,100 hectoliters. The average age of the vines is 25 years. Committed to respect for the terroir and its natural expression, the estate is certified organic farming.
About the wine:
Picking the different grape varieties at full maturity and transporting the grapes in small boxes. Loading the barrels by gravity after gentle grinding. No pumping of the harvest to limit the mechanical actions: the integrity of the grape skin is thus preserved and the oxygenation of the juice is avoided. Fermentation, in stainless steel vats and temperature control. Fermentations of approximately 20 days with transfer and punching to optimize maceration and extraction. Drainage of the wines after fermentation in lightning for their malolactic transformation.
Aging for 18 months in oak barrels from 40 to 60 hectoliters, for stabilization and natural clarification of the wine without physico-chemical action.
My tasting notes:
In the glass a deep dark ruby red color.
On the medium+ nose aromas of blackberries, dark cherries and cedar with hints of black pepper, meat, liquorice and dark chocolate.
On the palate dry, medium++ bodied with medium acidity and medium+ ripe tannins. Concentrated flavours of dark fruits, liquourice and spices just like the nose. Lots of potential. Long lingering finish. Would retry in 5/10 years.