The Bandol wine region is located on France's Côte d'Azur east of Marseille and Cassis. The AOC covers the production of 8 communes with silicon & limestone soils. These soils and the warm, coastal climate are ideally suited for the late ripening Mourvèdre grape which is the major varietal of the region. For both the red and rosé wines, Mourvèdre must account for at least 50% of the blend, though most producers will use significantly more, with Grenache & Cinsaut usually filling out the rest of the wine’s composition.
Domaine de la Begude is a 600 hectare estate with 22 hectares under vine that overlooks the Mediterranean Sea. The estate has an extraordinary diversity of soils and expositions. This mosaic of soils, aspects, and vines is a color pallet for a vigneron.
The Irreductible is a mainly Mourvèdre with a touch of Grenache. This give a rosé that drinks acts like a red in aging and food pairing, yet carries the brightness and agility of a white.