La Bastide Blanche was bought by Michel and Louis Bronzo in the early 1970s. The new owners were determined to make wines that were the equal of the most famous labels of the southern Rhône.
They now make - under the auspices of estate manager Stéphane Bourret -some 55,000 bottles each vintage from their vineyard holdings of 28 hectares.
Working biodynamically from very low yields, the focus here is very much on the Mourvèdre grape, from which they produce extremely long-lived red wines that, due to their levels of ripeness (and especially when given time in a decanter), can nevertheless be enjoyed in their youth, too.
price shown is under bond
duty paid price: £21.28
N.B. This is 78% Mourvèdre, 16% Grenache, 4% Cinsault and 2% Syrah.
This sits darkly in the glass. Aromas are subtle, rich, dark and a touch broad. Yet there is fine snap and bounce to the black plum fruit that has a hint of something roasted and animal to it. It goes in the mouth as a plush attack of dark fruit: a fluid wave from which emerges piquant tannin. This is a dense wine showing incisive structure and vivid minerality to a very long, dry mineral finish. Superb.
“With its creamy, lush texture, it seems almost too easy to drink for a wine that's meant to age, but this offers plenty of depth and concentration, with blackberry fruit and soft dustiness on the long finish.” Joe Czerwinski
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Most red wines are dry and therefore are indicated with a 1. The sweetness becomes more relevant with white wines, sparkling wines and pudding/dessert wines such as Sauternes and Tokaji.
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