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Domaine La Bastide Blanche Bandol Cuvée Fontaneou 2015

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Red wine. Provence, France. Organic. 92% Mourvèdre, 8% Grenache. "The 2015 Cuvée Fontanéou from Domaine la Bastide Blanche is produced from a single vineyard of sixty year-old vines, with the soils here being red clay and chalk. The vineyard faces north and the cépages is the same as the Estagnol- ninety-two percent mourvèdre and eight percent grenache. It too is fermented with indigenous yeasts in foudre and aged in the same prior to bottling. The nose of the 2015 Fontanéou wafts from the glass in a fine blend of black cherries, dark berries, a hint of tree bark, pepper, woodsmoke, some spiced meat, garrigue and a fantastic base of soil tones. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and quite precise in profile, with a rock solid core of fruit, great mineral drive and grip, ripe tannins and a long, complex and beautifully balanced finish. This is also listed at 14.5 percent alcohol, but seems even a bit cooler fruit in profile than the Estagnol this year. It will need every bit as much cellaring time, but it is going to be a simply outstanding bottle of Bandol when it is ready to drink!" — 94 Points, John Gilman, View From The Cellar #89 (September/October 2020)