With cellars dating from the 16th century near the village of Castellet, Chateau Vannieres is one of the great domaines in Provence. It consists of 47 hectares, 33 of which are planted to vines, with clay-limestone soil and an average age of 35 years. Agriculture is sustainable.
Eric Boisseaux and his son (the family hails originally from Burgundy) craft exceptionally expressive wines from the traditional varietals of the area: Mourvedre, Grenache and Cinsault. All the grapes are harvested by hand and destemmed. Each varietal and each parcel are fermented separately so that the estate can retain maximum flexibility in blending the different elements of each cuvee.
Made primarily from Mourvedre, the substantial Bandol Rouge is fermented in epoxy-lined cement tanks and aged in foudre and barriques for 20-24 months when they are bottled.
These are long-lived wines of class and distinction.
The lovely Bandol Rose is made from younger vines and released the spring after the harvest. Fresh, dry and clean, this salmon colored wine matches up particularly well with fish, fowl and other dishes when the weather is warm.
95% Mourvedre 5% Grenache
35 year old vines on clay/limestone soil
Fermented in epoxy-lined cement tanks
Elevage in foudre and barrique for 20-24 months
Dense black purple color
Aromas of black fruits, cassis, pepper and spice
Layers of juicy black fruit and fine tannins on the palate
truffles, spice, great length
ages exceptionally well and will develop sweet, spicy tobacco and old leather character
30% Grenache 30% Cinsault 40% Mourvedre (saignee)
Clay-limestone soil younger vines of the estate
Hand harvested and destemmed
Fermented in stainless steel and kept sur lie until bottling in the spring
Lovely salmon rose color
Exotic nose of rose petals, orange peel, white peaches, minerals and spice
Creamy and supple on palate
Dry, fresh, clean finish
Versatile food wine
30% Grenache 50% Cinsault 20% Mourvedre
hand harvested destemmed
fermented in stainless steel tanks at low temperature
pale salmon color when warmer, turns red when chilled
fresh, bright fruit dry and clean