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2016 Château Canadel Bandol Rouge: Provence, France


Tasting Notes

Provence is often known for fantastic rosé wines, but when you come across a red, you can't go wrong! This red hails from one of the best red wine producing regions in France, Bandol. This wine is big, bold, and full. Nose consists of dark fruit, anise, and herbs de Provence. Palate has notes of blackberry, rich red fruit, licorice, plum, and lavender. Just an outstanding wine! 

If you love southern Rhône reds or big Napa red blends, then this wine is for you!

Winery Details

Château Canadel is a small, family-owned estate located in the hamlet of Le Plan du Castellet, within the famed terraces of Bandol. The property consists of a historic houses built around a chapel and ancient water canals dating back to the 13th century. These canals gave the estate its name, which evolved over time: Canal d’eau became Canadeau, and finally Canadel.

Château Canadel’s unique vineyards are planted on a geological anomaly with an inversion of soil layers from the birth of the Alps, known as the Renversement du Beausset; a formation caused by shifts in tectonic plates in which the geological layers have flipped over each other causing the older rocks lie above the newer rocks. The limestone and clay soils are particularly good for water retention in an otherwise arid region. The vineyards are planted on south-facing restanques (terraces), directly facing the Massif du Gros Cerveau, which blocks rain clouds and provides an ideal climate for full ripening of the indigenous grapes.

In 2007, the estate purchased by Jacques and Caroline de Chateauvieux, beginning the revitalization of the unique history of the property and terroir. Since 2009, the winery has been run by their daughter Laure Benoist, agricultural engineer, and her husband Vianney Benoist, agronomist and enologist. Having spent 4 years making wine with the famed Domaine Tempier team, Vianney gained valuable experience in soulful, broad-spectrum, cinematic red wines befitting of the Bandol appellation.

Wine Summary

Winery/Producer: Château Canadel

Grape(s): 70% Mourvèdre, 22% Cinsault, 5% Grenache, 3% Syrah

Style: Red, dry

Origin: Bandol, Provence, France

Vinification: Grapes are hand harvested and sorted in the vineyard and in the cellar, then completely destemmed. Fermentation lasts 2 to 3 weeks in concrete vats, with pump overs for extraction.

Aging: 18 months in oak casks

% ABV: 14.5%