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Located in Provence in the far southeast corner of France, Bandol is most famous for its rich, dark, reds made primarily from Mourvèdre.
Bandol enjoys a long and rich history of winemaking along the picturesque cliffs of the Mediterranean, making France’s benchmark Mourvèdre-based red and rosé wines. And while Bastide de la Ciselette may be younger as a domaine — becoming the 57th estate of the AOC in 2010 — they have been tending the vineyards for many years, previously opting to sell their fruit to the local co-op. In a remarkably short amount of time, owner Robert de Salvo, with the help of talented vigneron Romain Bournaud, has become a reliable source for classic Bandol alongside its more famous neighbors.
With 15 hectares under vine, Bastide de la Ciselette sits to the north of the village of Brulat du Castellet, looking east to the medieval village of Castellet and south to the Cadière-d’Azur.
The vineyards are farmed organically, with some biodynamic practices- no use of pesticides or herbicides. They follow the lunar calendar and plow by horse. The decision to label lutte raisonnee is one of caution should it be necessary due to unforeseen climatic circumstances.
Hand harvested. The grapes are fermented at low temperatures. Pressing via pneumatic press, then static settling for 12 hours. No acidification. Aged six months in tank.
Producer: Bastide de la Ciselette
Varietal: Mourvèdre, Grenache, Cinsault