Chateau de Pibarnon Les Restanques Bandol Rouge 2012
Rich, rust tinged red in colour. On the nose it’s a charcuterie, savoury focus. A delicious wine-gummy red fruit emerges on the palate, integrating nicely with pepper, subtle spice notes and a savoury stoney finish. Dense and concentrated, yet very approachable - this is so smooth.
“Thanks to the cooler season, this is a suppler and more primary wine than last year's richer example. The tannins are also super fine, giving centre stage to the wines' fruit notes on the palate - blackberry, dark cherry, anise, and dried flowers. It's smoother than the more expensive bottling (from 2012), with terrific finesse and a perfumed finish suggesting the fruit notes listed above but also wild lavender, thyme and bay. All in all, a cracking value Bandol.” Bibendum Wine Co.
This is simply a delicious wine and although it’s an absolute delight to drink now, it’ll still go a few years in the cellar. The wine below is a step up in intensity and cellaring, but I reckon this one’s better drinking now, and it’s unbelievable value.