2003 Domaine du Gros’ Noré Bandol (France, Provence, Bandol)

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Bandol, France, Mourvedre, Provence, Red Wine


My third and last bottle of this. Popped and poured, but followed over several hours. A strange wine for sure. Looks dark and brooding, but smells and tastes of red fruit and almost Grenache-like rather than the Mourvedre it really is. Heavy raspberry, chocolate/cocoa, and coconut and a nice and long finish. It’s not that this is bad or not enjoyable…on the contrary…good and very enjoyable, but maybe a touch too candied fruit-wise and doesn’t fit what I’m looking for in Bandol (more earth, truffle, and dark fruit). I would probably not buy again at current going-rates, but in the close-out bin, I may pick up a handful as a summer barbecue accompaniment.

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