Eye: dark ruby colored
Nose: Intense, aromatic, fresh and elegant
Mouth: Structured on black fruits flavors, lightly woody , tanins are strong and firm in their early days (<5years). Good acidity give freshness backbone and great fruit/alcoholic balance . Delicate final on spices.
Opening: Decant 4-6 hours before serving
|Vintage:||2014||Grape Varietals:||90% Mourvèdre, 10% Grenache.||ABV:||13.5%|
|Aging:||18 months in oak cask|
|Production:||10 000 bottles|
Culture: Organic without pesticides nor chemicals additives
Yield: 20 hectoliters/hectare
Harvest: Manual in small cases
Winemaking: Double sorting, 100% destemming, skin contact, with daily sticking in order to optimize color and aromatic extraction
Alcoholic fermentation: 15 days followed by malolactic fermentation.
Aging: 18 months in oak cask
Grilled lamb, meat cooked with sauce, southern French cuisine and tasty dishes (tajines, couscous, paellas).
|Item Number||Unit||Units/Case||Type||UPC - bottle||SCC - case||SRP/Unit|
|F0EE378055MVS||750ml||6||Glass||7 84585 00330 3||1 07 84585 00330 0||$32.00|
"From one of the showpiece estates in Bandol, this wine is well structured, rich in tannins but also rich in blackberry flavors. It has weight and spicy concentration, while the 18 months in wood has smoothed and brought life to the structure. Drink the wine from 2022. - Roger Voss."
- Wine Enthusiast (July 1st 2019), 92 PTS
"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."
- Wine Enthusiast (July 1st 2018), 93 PTS, CELLAR SELECTION
"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."
- Jeb Dunnuck (March 27th 2019), 92 pts
"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
"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
"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."
Wine Enthusiast (March 2014), 94+ PTS, CELLAR SELECTION
"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"
Wine Spectator (October 15th 2012), 91 pts