Chateau de Pibarnon Bandol Rouge 2010 (375ml)
Finding good quality wine in half bottles is not so easy, so I jumped at the chance to grab these. You should too.
The wine is a dark plummy colour with a rusty edge - a slightly deeper hue than the previous wine. On the nose and palate there’s a lush combination of concentrated dark fruit, lifted sweet red fruit, pepper and meaty savouriness. As it opens up in the glass though, it continues to evolve with subtle floral, musk and toffee notes. With firm, velvety tannins, this top Bandol is rich and generous all the while remaining fresh, elegant, and subtle.
Many acknowledge the 2010 as this wine’s best vintage. In a line up of 18 Bandol reds last year by New York Times wine critic Eric Asimov, this wine was the top pick,described as “Pure, smooth and harmonious, with complex, lingering flavours of dark fruit, earth and herbs.”
It was similarly praised by Jeb Dunnuck: “… and even more impressive, the 2010 Bandol… offers both gorgeous aromatic complexity and superb richness and depth on the palate. Giving up notions of pepper, Provencal herbs, underbrush and leather, with a solid core of dark fruit, this medium to full-bodied, pure, layered and beautifully balanced effort needs another 2-3 years of bottle age, and will easily keep for a decade or more past that.” 94 points. eRobertparker.com, Feb 2014.