2016 Chateau Sainte Anne Bandol Rouge Cuvee Collection

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Chateau Sainte Anne |Bandol |Mataro/Mourvedre
Dry, powerful Bandol red, laden with dark fruits, mocha, earth and herbs. All natural, no added sulphur.

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Natural wine doesn't all have to be light, frothy park-drinking for summer. This is the antithesis of that trope - dense, cellarworthy Mourvedre, with a touch of Grenache, that is properly big red wine.

The aroma is akin dipping your nose in a funky, meaty, dark-fruited gravy, while the flavours of dry earth, coffee grains and blackcurrant evolve through a sinewy palate.

Proper wine is a horrible term, so let's call this unconventionally conventional. Loved it.

Château Sainte Anne is a family run estate located in the Bandol appellation, in the heart of Provence. Our vineyard benefits from a complex soil composition (dry limestone mixed with white sand allowing a very deep drainage) and a specifie micro-climate with cool nights allowing the local variety, Mourvedre, to reach perfect ripeness.

95 Points - "This is nearly all Mourvèdre, with a tiny splash of Grenache, produced from 70 year old vines. “Taste it over two days”, says importer Matt Quirk, though I don’t feel I need to. I feel the quality, instantly.

A wild ride here, and you have to love pan juices and a slightly feral character, but in with that is juicy blackberry and blackcurrant, cold brew coffee and liquorice, thyme and lavender perfume. It’s juicy and black-fruited all the beef dripping layered in with scrub herb, earthy and delicious, Turkish coffee silty tannin, squashed raspberry and smoked paprika. Bold finish of excellent length and grip. Fresh. It could only be from Bandol, I reckon, and I love its overt and somewhat unforgiving character, though the charm is laid on thick, for sure." - Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)

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