Hecht & Bannier Bandol, Provence, France 2012
"Red Dark and vinous, with a big core of warmed red and black currant confiture, laced with alder, bay and tobacco details, backed by a loamy echo through the finish. Best from 2017 through 2024."
"The 2011 Bandol is an outstanding effort that gives up ripe black fruits, ground pepper, earth and leather nuances to go with a structured, savory, medium-bodied feel on the palate. Give it another year and enjoy it through 2021."
Grape / Blend
80% Mourvedre, 10% Grenache, 10% Cinsault
“2011 will be the landmark for red wines in Bandol. The kind of vintages that build the legend in the mind of all the wine lovers: 1961 in Bordeaux, 1959 in Burgundy, 1996 in Champagne…there will 2011 in Bandol. As for most of the Mediterranean “croissant”, 2011 is the vintage for the late ripening grapes, so is Mourvèdre of course. Winter, rather cold and humid was followed by a warm and sunny spring which favored a dynamic vine cycle leading to an early flowering in some areas. At the beginning of July, summer was still awaited. Temperatures are lower than usual whilst the scattered rainfalls happened to be useful and rebuilt the water reserves to prepare the vines for a very warm and sunny August. In spite of some short rainy phases at the end of August, this great sunny period extended for several weeks in September and boosted the Mourvèdre ripening in perfect conditions. The berry quality was wonderful with a unique sugar level and, as soon as in the vats, showing perfect balances, the first step of the best vintages.
Once again, the backbone of the wine is the deep Mourvèdre from “Chemin de l’Argile”. For this rich vintage freshness and balance come from sourcings in the cold terroir of Evenos and close to the sea, on the western side of the appellation, Saint-Cyr-sur-Mer. Bandol 2011, as soon as blended is crunchy and complex, rich, full and ripe but also precise and extremely elegant. With no doubt, it is the wine for several decades.”
—Gregory Hecht, Winemaker