Domaine de La Bégude was founded in 1996 by brothers Guillaume and Louis Tari who continue an old family wine tradition (Château Giscours, 3rd Cru, Margaux). Today the estate is run by Guillaume and his wife Soledad. They are devoted to elaborating wines that express the characteristics of the Bandol terroir. The ageing cellars are the ancient Merovingian chapel of the 7th century from the "Conil" seigneury. This village has since disappeared, but it is mentioned as early as 966 in Saint Victor's maps. The estate produced some wine in the 16th century, and some ancient vinification tanks have been discovered there.
Husband and wife Guillaume and Soledad Tari
The ageing cellars are the ancient Merovingian chapel of the 7th century from the "Conil" seigneury. This village has since disappeared, but it is mentioned as early as 966 in Saint Victor's maps. The estate produced some wine in the 16th century, and some ancient vinification tanks have been discovered there.
The Bandol Union (Syndicat de Bandol) was created in 1939. The AOC was created just 2 years later in 1941 by State decree. He are the rules for the AOC:
- Blend based on more than 50 % of mourvedre for the red and 20% for the rose,
- 18 months of ageing in oak for the red,
- hand harvested,
- low yield under 40 hl/he,
- first harvest of rose and white on the 4th leaf, and the 8th leaf for the red
The Climate: more than 3000 hours of sun/year + 650 mm of water in average.
History of Mourvedre/Mataro:
the history starts in Spain with the monastrell in a Valencian village called at this time MORVEDRE next to Jumilla, Alicante. Mataro synonymous of the Mourvèdre in Australia is coming ethylogicaly from a village in Catalunya.
Our Mourvèdre has been coming with de pilgrims that were coming from Saint Jacques de Compostelle (Santiago de Compostela) at least from the 16th Century.
Around 10 000 hectares planted in France
Today, Bandol AOC covers 1600 hectares total with 68 producers (65 independant Estates and 3 caves cooperatives).
The production for the AOC today is split between 76% Rosé, 20% Red and 4% White.
Guillaume Tari is the current president of the Bandol AOC.
The vineyard is situated at the top of the Bandol appellation (400 meters), overlooking the Mediterranean sea. The estate measures 1,240 acres of which 37 acres are in vines (15 hectares). The vines are cultivated on terraces facing south. The terraces are divided because of the very uneven relief of the wooded massif on which lies the estate. Olive trees surround most of the vine plots and take part in perfecting a typical landscape of the Bandol area.
The grape percentages are: 65% Mourvèdre, 25% Grenache,10% Cinsault, and the vines average 25 years of age. Grapes are hand harvested and totally de-stemmed before 3 – 4 weeks of fermentation on the skins. Egg white fining finishes the winemaking process before bottling. Production in total is 2,500 – 3,000 cases annually. This property makes clean and focused Bandol, as opposed to the rustic style so commonly seen from this A.O.C. The Tari family also produces a Cotes de Provence (Rose and Red) made from grapes grown in the heart of the Provencal oak forest, dominating the Maures Mountains.