2011 Domaine Dupuy de Lome, Bandol Rouge, Provence, France.
I might go as far to say Domaine Dupuy de Lome has the most beautiful winery and setting in the world! Set in a forest near the sea in a castle, this Provence estate oozes charm, romance and must be the greatest place to work imaginable, without question you should look this place up.This Mourvedre based Bandol with a little Cinsault from Domaine Dupuy de Lome is drinking wonderfully and highlights the ripe tannins of the vintage and juicy acidity making for a serious Bandol that can and should be enjoyed in it’s youth. This is still classically style and true to it’s old world roots and character with plenty of earth, spice and vigor along with joyous fruit and generous texture. It is hard not to love this wonderful expression of terroir and Provencal warmth with copious black and red fruits, mineral and game showing through out with black cherry, tangy currant, damson plum, basaltic dipped strawberry, anise and lavender oil. This entertaining and firm red has density and glorious mouthfeel, but never feels over the top with impressive drive, energy and lift, drink over the next 3 to 5 years, and do not be afraid to pop the cork on this refined and poised Bandol anytime the mood hits you.
($36 Est.) 93 Points, grapelive
avail at www.sfwtc.com ($31.95)