Château Canadel Bandol Blanc 2020

White Blend
Château Canadel

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Our tasting impressions

A very distinct white wine, though it does bring other wines to mind. The nose reminds us of old world Sauvignon Blanc yet it tastes more like a white Rhône. It's not very acidic but doesn't lack freshness and vitality. It's very floral, with vivid white fruit flavors. Ultimately, it is immensely tasty and commands ones attention. Different and excellent.


About this wine

Made from 50% Clairette, 40% Ugni Blanc and 10% Vermentino planted on avearge 8 years ago in limestone and clay soil. Manually harvested and sorted in the vineyard to very low yields of 22 hl/ha.        


Sorted again in the cellar, the grapes are de-stemmed. After a 12 to 14 hours of maceration, the grapes are pressed and then fermented for about 20 days at 17-20°C in stainless steel tanks. Finally, aged 6 months in tanks.


Serve at 50-54°.

About the grape blend

Clairette must comprise 50-90% of a Bandol Blanc. It is a light colored grape that is difficult to manage due to its tendency to oxidize. It likes warm climates, which explains its prevalence throughout Southern France. It is used frequently in the production of vermouth. Low yields are critical to maintaining acidity and freshness in the fuller bodies wines it produces.


Ugni Blanc, the French name for Trebbiano is a prolific grape that adds lightness and liveliness. Vermentino (also known as Rolle in Provence) contributes acidity, aromatics and salinity.


Vianney's perspective on the vintage

The winter 2020 vintage was mild and wet, ideal for rehydrating the soil. First buds, which appeared mid-March were lost to a frost on March 26th. Spring was also damp but cool, creating fine conditions vine growth, with beautiful cluster development  on the Mourvèdre and Grenache but much more irregular for the Cinsault, which had suffered from the frost and drought of the previous vintage.

The summer was dry but not too hot. Even in the shallow terrain, the vines had ample water but reached maturity at the end of August at varying times. It was necessary to juggle these differences in maturity, sometimes within the same plot, to harvest each vine at its optimum.


The harvest started very early, on August 24th with Cinsault and Grenache for the rosé. We harvested the whites on August 28th. With the shifts in maturity and the return of some rains, we had to take breaks to reach perfect maturity, especially for the Mourvèdre in rosé and red. We finished the harvest on September 16th.


Suggested Glassware: Grassl Liberté

Château Canadel

Château Canadel is a new estate in the Provencal of Bandol but the property was first farmed by the Romans. The name, Canadel is a derivation of Canal d'eau because of the water canals surrounding the Abbey that was one of 5 middle age buildings on-site.


For much of the 20th century, the property's grape were sold to the famous Domaine Ott. But since 2009, it has been run by Laure (agricultural engineer) and Vianney (agronomist & oenologist) Benoist. Laure's parents own the estate. Vianney worked previously at the prestigious Domaine Tempier.


Canadel has extraordinary and uncommon terroir. The Gros Cerveau mountains protects its vineyards from morning mist and drenching eastern rain. Also, its soil is one of the few in the area that was created by a collision of tectonic plates (known as a fold mountain) that placed the older Triassic era layer on top of that of the more recent Cretaceous era. The overlaying limestone and sandstone is excellent for retaining moisture.


The 15 hectare vineyard is farmed biodynamic (mostly manually) and is certified organic. The vines are arranged in terraces (restanques). Stone walls limit erosion and regulate the temperatures and flow of rainwater.


The Benoists' passion is evident in their wines. Already they are producing fabulous expressions of Bandol. VDLT is delighted to be the only source for their entire range of white, rosé and red.