DOMAINE GUEISSARD CROS DE LOUP BANDOL ROUGE 2015

DOMAINE GUEISSARD CROS DE LOUP BANDOL ROUGE 2015

77.27

80% Mourvèdre, 20% Grenache

From a lieu-dit of Bandol, Cros du Loup translates 'eyes of the wolf' - the Gueissard crew thought fit to vinify and release this parcel separately.  A high, ultra low yielding site of 60+ year old vines squeezing out a mere 15 hL/ha, the wine receives extended maceration and 20 months in seasoned demi-muids.

Beastly, in the best possible way.  Amazing concentration, with an abundance of deep red fruit, pepper and conserve/preserved fruit, with further baking spices and an amplified mineral presence.  Tannins are long and powerful, yet at the same time elegant and fine.  Plenty of cellaring potential, otherwise opens up beautifully over a leisurely few hours in a decanter.

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Domaine Gueissard

Young gun, new wave Bandol

Established five years, a visit to this domaine in Sanary-sur-Mer, just outside of the town of Bandol, reveals the energy and buzz familiar at the best ‘young gun’ operations. There’s hunger, ambition, a streak of mischief and humour, experience working overseas as well as with the big local names (Domaine Tempier no less), and above all, major talent and skill. 

Headed up by winemaking duo Clément Minne and Pauline Giraud, this small domaine will be a force to follow and makes an interesting counterpoint to the ‘old guard’ Bandol producers currently represented in Australia. All fruit is hand harvested, vineyards not owned outright are leased and fully domaine managed, and the wines are not only spectacular, but exceptional value considering the provenance.