"This firm, tannic red boasts lots of crushed ripe dark fruit flavors, with meaty overtones. Leaf notes extend on the muscular finish, accented by bittersweet chocolate. Drink now. 10,000 cases made. –KM"
"Generous and opulent, this is a wine that has both fine perfume and ripe black-fruit flavors. There is a deliciously juicy element to the wine, yet it's balanced with ample acidity. With its attractive, herbal edge, this is a wine that can age. Drink from 2016. -R.V."
"This impressive wine has a perfumed character, almost smelling and tasting of the wild garrigue and forest that makes up much of the La Bégude estate. It also holds a well-wrought tannic side, dark and solid, packed with black currant and berry fruits. It will age for many years and should not be drunk before 2019. -R.V."
- Wine Enthusiast (July 2016), 94 PTS, CELLAR SELECTION #63 in the 2016 Wine Enthusiast TOP 100 Cellar Selection
"This is an impressively rich, still very young wine. Dominated by Bandol's own Mourvèdre grape, it is dense and concentrated. Spice and dark red fruits are shot through with a wonderful herbal character that conjures the southern warmth. The wine is still just setting out and will not be ready to drink before 2019.. -R.V."
- Wine Enthusiast (July 2017), 94 pts #69 in the 2017 Wine Enthusiast TOP 100 Wines for 2017
"The 2015 Begude Bandol is a step up and is comprised of 90% Mourvèdre and 10% Grenache aged in oak casks. It’s deeper and richer, with an almost Northern Rhône-like gaminess in its smoke, black fruits, peppery herbs, and meaty aromas and flavors. With full-bodied richness and ripe tannic structure, drink it over the coming 15 years or more."
"This wine has the perfumes of the wild garrigue and forests that surround the vineyards at this estate. Its exotic character contrasts with the firm tannins and dense texture. It is a profound wine, richly structure, full of black-plum-skin and blueberry flavors. Drink this wine from 2021. - Roger Voss."