2019 Domaine de Ciselette Bandol Rouge
80 Mourvèdre and 20% Grenache. Bastide de la Ciselette’s 37 acres of vine are all estate-owned, but this is sourced from the few acres of 60-year-old vines that immediately surround the estate. Farmed with organic and biodynamic principles. Aged in large foudres for 18 months. Displays an intense garnet core with ruby tints leading out to the rim. It’s opaque and deeply concentrated, with thick, slow-moving tears. On the nose, the wine reveals an impressive rush of elegant and dark fruit: currant, black cherry liqueur, candied blackberry, black plum, huckleberry, and then Rhône-like notes of pepper, olive tapenade, and garrigue follow. A wonderful array of purple flowers, licorice, subtle baking spice, and mocha also reveal themselves.