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Domaine de La Begude Bandol Rouge 2017  - First Bottle


97 Decanter World Wine Awards -
Inviting spicy oak, malt and blackberry cream scents. Powerfully structured tannins, spicy liquorice and clove flavours as well as bramble fruit; very long finish. Its best years are far into the future. Terrific stuff.
93 Wine Enthusiast -
This bold, structured wine from the renowned estate combines rich Mourvèdre tannins with spice and fragrance hinting at the nearby Mediterranean. With its impressive density the wine could age further.

Technical Details

  • Blend95% Mourvedre and 5% Grenache
  • WinemakerGuillaume Tari
  • CountryFrance
  • RegionProvence
  • AppellationBandol
  • Farming MethodCertified Organic
  • Alcohol13.5%

Domaine de La Begude Bandol Rouge 2017

Other Reds  |  France
D97, WE93

Certified Organic
20% off retail!
Too late, we are SOLD OUT!

It’s been too long, Bandol! We are bouncing off the walls with excitement about this small parcel that just hit the warehouse from the newest rockstar (since 1996) in Bandol, La Begude. THIS PRICE! We had to redo the math several times too, to make sure, but luckily, it’s right! An incredible buy on a wine that is VERY rare to see in our inventory and in the USA for that matter -- please don’t miss it!!

This was a new discovery from one of our favorite importers, Kysela Pere et Fils, owned and operated by Master Sommelier, Fran Kysela, who always delivers amazing finds. But, this one could top the list!

The property that is now La Begude dates back, staggeringly, to the 7th century, and incredibly old fermentation vessels have been discovered in the ancient cellar walls! Cool! These days, Guillaume and Soledad Tari run the estate and act as ambassadors to help elevate the Bandol appellation.

This is Mourvedre from one of the great terroirs in the world to grow it -- this vintage is almost 100% (a little Grenache and Cinsault is blended in). The wine is absolutely stunning -- powerful, creamy, fine-grained tannins, but also clean and quite polished for Bandol, which can be a little bit rough and tumble at times. Serious and also pleasing, this wine literally has it ALL, and we bought every single bottle that Fran imported. We've been so excited to unleash this beauty, and today is the day!

PAIRING IDEAS: Bandol begs for big food and hard cheeses. Do a beef carpaccio with tons of aged parm shaved on top, and/or your favorite meat grilled how you like it. Pepper steak, anyone?

MUSIC SUGGESTIONS: Big! Big sound, big about some QUEEN? We recently re-watched "Bohemian Rhapsody" - what a great movie to watch while drinking this bad boy!

About the Producer

Domaine de la Begude was founded in 1996 by brothers Guillaume and Louis Tari but the walls of the cellar have been in existance since the 7th century. The estate was producing wine in the 16th century and some ancient vinification tanks have been discovered in the caves. The estate today is run by winemaker Guillaume and his wife Soledad. Guillaume is huge proponent of Bandol wines and is also the head of the Bandol AOC. The estate produces 65% Mourvedre, 25% Grenache and 10% Cinsault and the average age of the vines reaching 25 years old. The estate measures 1,240 acres of which 70 are planted with vines. Guillaume is extrememly devoted to elaborating wines that express the Bandol terroir.