The 2010 Bandol Rouge is a true blockbuster, and readers should do their best to latch onto a couple bottles. More serious, tight and structured than the 2011, it offers lots of minerality as well as dark fruits, peppery herbs and underbrush in a medium to full-bodied, pure, layered style that just begs to be cellared for another 4-5 years. It’s a great wine that will have two to three decades of overall longevity. (JD)
The summer of 2010 was cooler than that of 2011, and as a result, the wines are the product of a long, classic growing season and this seems likely to be one of the greatest recent vintages at Château de Pibarnon. The bouquet is just starting to stir a bit at age five, offering up a superb blend of cassis, grilled meats, French roast, a fine base of soil, Mediterranean herb tones and a touch of graphite. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, complex and seamlessly balanced, with a fine core, ripe, suave tannins and excellent focus and grip on the very long and still quite youthful finish. The inherent polish given to the tannins from Pibarnon’s unique terroir really shows to fine effect in this superb 2010! 93+
Eric de Saint-Victor runs the estate his parents founded in 1975, working on 123 acres on the southern slopes of the Massif de la Sainte-Baume. His 2010 is a brooding wine, taking days to reveal its pleasures, the garrigue scents and cool, limestone minerality adding dimension to Mourvèdre’s black tones. Give it a decade in the cellar, then pour with oxtail or another rich, beefy braise.
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