The wine we chose was the 2007 Domaine de Terrebrune. This winery and its vineyards are located near the village of Ollioules in the south of France. Bandol is considered the best wine appellation in Provence, producing small amounts of white wine and some lovely dry rosés, but their red wines are what put Bandol wines “on the map”.
By law, the red wines of this appellation must be at least 50% Mourvèdre, but many winemakers use as much as 100%. Grenache and Cinsault compliment the blend.
The 2007 Domaine de Terrebrune, a deeply colored and full-bodied wine, is 85% Mourvèdre, 10% Grenache and 5% Cinsault. After pouring it into a decanter, I immediately poured some in a glass and swirled. On the nose was watermelon and raspberry. I then let it sit for about 30 minutes. After allowing it to get some air, I found dark black cherry, earth and some wonderful fresh herbs on the nose. The fruit and tannins were nicely balanced on the palate, and the finish was pleasant and long. The longer this wine sat, the better it become. At this point it definitely needs a few hours of decanting, or be sure to lay it down for a few more years.
This estate is certified organic. They use no herbicides, pesticides or chemical fertilizers. Domaine de Terrebrune does not use machinery in the vineyards. Everything is done by hand. The grape selection is even done in the vineyard, not at a sorting table. The wines are bottled unfiltered and unfined.
I look forward to visiting Domaine de Terrebrune this summer! I’m sure I’ll find their current vintages as exciting as this 2007.