Domaine de Terrebrune Bandol 2017
Domaine de Terrebrune Bandol
Domaine de Terrebrune Bandol is a complex Mourvèdre driven Bandol with aromas of dark plum and liquorice, earth and smoke with firm but supple tannins. The finish is long and persistent, with a slight savoury note. Enjoy this wine now, or test your patience as its ageing potential is up to 30 years.
Before acquiring vineyards, Georges Delille trained as a sommelier in Paris. In 1963, he bought what would become Domaine de Terrebrune, a property in Ollioules, just east of Bandol, framed by the Mediterranean and the mountain called Gros-Cerveau (Big Brain), dotted with olive groves and scenic views—an idyllic spot.
During the years following the declaration of A.O.C. Bandol (1941), mass overhauling and reconstruction of vineyards were commonplace, and vignerons were eager to revive the noble Mourvèdre grape. Georges spent ten years just renovating the property; he terraced hillsides, refashioned the masonry, replanted vineyards following the advice of Lucien Peyraud, designated soils to lie dormant and regenerate, and built a new cellar.
In 1980, his son Reynald joined him after finishing winemaking school, and together they launched their first bottled vintage of Domaine de Terrebrune, which Reynald named in honor of the rich, brown soils they farm.
Fermentation lasts for 15-21 days in closed cuve
• Maceration by pump-over
• Wine ages in oak foudres (50-60 litres) for 18 months