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The Wines of Provence

In the world of Provence wine, there's no shortage of flavor.

But only the best Provence winemakers have the ability to simultaneously coax finesse, character, and terroir out of their sun-soaked grapes—and capture those sought-after traits in every bottle.

Luckily, we work with two Provence winemakers that more than measure up, and we'll have their high-character, terroir-expressive wines on full display this Saturday from noon to 4pm!

One Bandol winemaker in particular will feature prominently in this weekend's tasting. Perhaps more than any other single estate in the region, La Bastide Blanche has helped elevate Bandol wines to a new level.

Bandol's plentiful sunshine, protective barrier of hills that moderates the cooling winds coming off the Mediterranean, and terraced clay-limestone plots result in intensely flavorful wine that possesses an unmistakably Provençal terroir.

Since the domaine was purchased int he 1970's by Michel and Louis Bronzo, the estate's winemakers have focused on producing only very low yields (never more than 34 or 35 hl/ha), and ensuring impeccable cellar conditions through constant upkeep and a meticulous attention to detail.

In 1993, their painstaking efforts were rewarded by an excellent vintage that helped place Bandol among the top European wine-making regions.

Since then, the estate's size and reputation has continued to grow. Today, along with its Mourvèdre-based reds, Bastide Blanche also produces a highly underrated white and two rosés full of red berries and citrus.

This Saturday, we'll feature all 5 La Bastide Blanche cuvées, along with a classic white blend of Rolle and Clairette from inland Provence estate Clos de L'Ours.

Click here for more details on these wines, including tasting notes and special pricing.