The AOC Bandol or Vin-de-Bandol stretches over 15.55 square kilometers and is located at the seaside in the Var department, in Southern France, East coast of the country. This appellation area covers 8 communes: Bandol, La Cadière, Beausset, Le Castellet, Ollioules, St. Anne of Evenos, St. Cyr and Sanary. Established in the Provence region, the vineyards develop in a climate marked by the Mediterranean (warm attenuated sea breezes).

The sunshine is ideal, mild temperatures and sufficient rainfall. In addition, the mistral dries the humidity, which benefits the vineyards and allow the grapes to reach their degree of maturity without hindrance. The terroir of terraces is composed of silico-calcareous soils, arid, very stony with some sandy marl and sandstone. This geology is also very rich in minerals for the vine, which counterbalances the dryness of the soil by retaining moisture. In Bandol, the grape harvest is neat and exclusively manual.

The wines, from traditional grape varieties (cinsault, grenache, ugni …), have a yield of 8,000,000 liters / year for the three types of wines (Red, White and Rose), averagely. The whites are dry and nervous and have only a confidential production. Intensely colored reds with red fruit (cherry), cinnamon, spice and leather flavors have exceptional aging potential. Finally, the rosés are very fresh, with a pale pink color, and have an astonishing ability to guard. The AOC Bandol benefits from an international reputation thanks to its controlled productions and its soil favoring the elaboration of wines of high quality. This AOC was established in 1941.

 

A part of important features of Bandol appellation for red wines are as follows:

 

  • Soil: Silico-calcareous soils, arid, very stony with some sandy marl and sandstone.
  • Taste: Light and supple.
  • Wine color: Red.
  • Aromas: Red fruit (cherry), cinnamon, spice and leather flavors.
  • Aging potential: 2 – 15 years.
  • Serving temperature: 14 to 16° C

 

A part of important features of Bandol appellation for dry white wines are as follows:

 

  • Soil: Silico-calcareous soils, arid, very stony with some sandy marl and sandstone.
  • Taste: Fine.
  • Wine color: Dry white.
  • Aromas: Cassis, raspberry and lychee, acacia, broom, and citrus.
  • Aging potential: 1 – 3 years.
  • Serving temperature: 10 to 12° C

 

A part of important features of Bandol appellation for rose wines are as follows:

 

  • Soil: Silico-calcareous soils, arid, very stony with some sandy marl and sandstone.
  • Taste: Soft attack and freshness.
  • Wine color: Rose.
  • Aromas: Fruity palette (strawberry, peach), floral (broom, linden) and balsamic (pine bark)..
  • Aging potential: 1 – 6 years.
  • Serving temperature: 9 to 11° C

Region Highlights

Surface: About 15.55 Square Kilometers
Classification: AOP Bandol
Grapes: Mourvedre (Monastrell), Grenache (Garnacha). Clairette, Bourboulenc, Ugni Blanc, Marsanne, Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon.
Types of Wines: White Wine, Rose Wine, Red Wine

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