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Our tasting impressions
Wow! This naturally made, micro-cuvée really blew our socks off. We didn't know what to expect with this de-classified Bandol experiment but the Benoists should consider it a great success. They have produced an unbelievably pure expression of Mourvèdre that is approachable, open, refined and fantastic! Vin de France indeed, this beauty may require its own appellation. Who would have expected all the glories of Bandol in a ready-to-drink style that can still cellar for 5-10 years?
About this wine
This is 100% Bandol Mourvèdre declassified to Vin de France. The grapes come from the same high-elevation, single vineyard as Altum. Planted on steep, south-facing slopes, on average 40 years ago. The soil is very deep clay and calcareous rock. Yields were 35 hl/ha.
The grapes are hand-harvested and sorted in the vineyard. They are then sorted again at the cellar before being de-stemmed. Vinification is in two Tuscan amphorae. After the fermentation, the vessels are hermetically sealed. The skins stay in for 5-6 months. The wine is then drawn off in late spring and bottled in early summer, without any sulfites added.
About the grape
Mourvèdre, which originated in Spain must constitute at least 50% of the cépage in order to be labeled Bandol Rouge or Rosé. This late-ripening grape ,known elsewhere as Monastrell or Mataro, thrives in hot and dry climates. The small, black grapes produce very tannic wine that are prone to reduction and gaminess.
Vianney's perspective on the vintage
The winter was cool with enough rain to restock the soil's water supply. A warm spring came early and by March 20th, the first buds had appeared. However, the cold returned, with a dramatic hail storm on April 5th that destroyed some of the buds. Very cold mornings dramatically slowed the growth of the vines.
May was pleasant with a good amount of rain accelerating the vine growth. The drought and heat waves started in June and lasted the entire summer. The harvest started very early, on August the 23rd and lasted until September the 6th. The lack of rain severely reduced the yield but of course increased concentration.
Suggested Glassware: Grassl 1855
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.