Domaine du Gros Nore Bandol Rouge (750ml)
Alain Pascal’s wines are as strong and powerful as he is. This former boxer and hunter with hands like paws farms sixteen hectares of vineyards with the help of his brother in Guy in the hillsides around La Cadiere d’Azur. The vineyards are composed of clay and limestone and impart an earthy, mineral element to the wines. The wines produced at Domaine du Gros Noré are some of the best produced in Bandol, the appellation regarded as the “grand cru” of Provence.
Alain Pascal crafts his Bandol using 80% Mourvedre (the appellation requires a minimum of 50%), 15% Grenache, 5% Cinsault. The grapes are partially de-stemmed before fermentation and the wine ages for 18 months in oak foudres. The result is a concentrated and powerful Bandol with lots of depth.