Domaine La Suffrene - Bandol Blanc La cuvée 90 2018
Domaine La Suffrene - Bandol Blanc La cuvée 90 2018 (88 TSW)
Bandol is, besides a very beautiful place on earth, one of the most important wine regions of Provence and perhaps one of the most underrated wine regions in France. For red, the Mouvedre grape rules here and gives wines that are powerful.
Bandol is best known among the general public because of the very special rosé they produce. This white wine is the hidden treasure from the harbor town where you can enjoy a delicious lunch for only a few euros. White from Bandol is not popular. The only reason will be: Red and rosé are already so popular, there is hardly any room for white anymore. But trust me: There a very nice white Bandol wines. Like this one.
Cédric Gravier, a dynamic, inquisitive young man, has only been making Bandol wines himself since 1996. However, everything is made from old vines, because the family has been growing grapes for other producers for a long time. Honest, clean style with high quality at - for this appellation - very reasonable prices.
About the wine:
Created on the occasion of Fortuné Piche's 90th birthday this blend of Clairette (50%) and Ugni Blanc (50%).
The soils are based on a geological base of limestone, on which you can find different types of Calci-Magnesian soils, such as silty soils (eg: Safres du brulat), very clay-like soils (eg: Quartier des cotes), and superficial, clay-like soils and very stony soils.
Manual harvest with selective sorting of better grapes, the yields are 40hl / ha max. The vinification is precise, nothing is left to chance to give birth to a wine of great purity and which expresses all the quintessence of its land.
My tasting notes:
In the glass a bright straw yellow color.
On the medium nose aromas of apricots, melon, ripe pear, citrus and straw with mediterian herbs, flowers and yeast.
On the palate dry, medium(+) bodied with medium acidity and a light savoury mouthfeel. Flavours are a recall of the nose with nice freshness and light spicyness. The finish has a medium(+) length.