Domaine de Terrebrune Rouge 2017

A$105.00

Availability
In stock
Volume
750ml
Region/Country
Provence, France

Description

Before acquiring vineyards, Georges Delille trained as a sommelier in Paris. In 1963, he bought what would become Domaine de Terrebrune, a property in Ollioules, just east of Bandol, framed by the Mediterranean and the mountain called Gros-Cerveau (Big Brain), dotted with olive groves and scenic views—an idyllic spot. During the years following the declaration of A.O.C. Bandol (1941), mass overhauling and reconstruction of vineyards were commonplace, and vignerons were eager to revive the noble Mourvèdre grape. Georges spent ten years just renovating the property; he terraced hillsides, refashioned the masonry, replanted vineyards following the advice of Lucien Peyraud, designated soils to lie dormant and regenerate, and built a new cellar. In 1980, his son Reynald joined him after finishing winemaking school, and together they launched their first bottled vintage of Domaine de Terrebrune, which Reynald named in honour of the rich, brown soils they farm.

Reynald’s Bandols are different. There is a more ethereal quality to them, a real freshness—and with Mourvèdre accounting for 85% of the final assemblage, this is praise indeed. Soil, climate, and winemaking all play a role. Limestone dominates the subsoil of Bandol, with tremendous variation between vineyards. Throughout Terrebrune’s thirty hectares, beneath the layers of clay and earth, the blue, fissured, Trias limestone is silently at work. This bedrock lends a more noticeable minerality to the wine than others. The soil here is healthy and full of nutrients because he adheres to organic farming practices; to achieve balance in the vineyards, he ploughs regularly. Gentle maritime breezes funnel air into the vineyards directly from the Mediterranean, cooling the grapes from the bright sun—another factor in safeguarding the freshness. This, in turn, translates to wines for great long-term cellaring, including the rosé and dry white. Reynald’s credo of “Philosophy, Rigor, and Respect” is not a catchphrase. He believes that the hard work and extra attention to the vines are worth it, and, as they say, the proof’s in the pudding—a glass of Terrebrune!

Specifications

Closure
Corked
Serving Temp.
14-18 °C
Cellar until
Now - 2028
Decanter
Food pairing
Spicy foods

Tasting Profile

Nose
A blend of 85% Mourvedre, 10% Grenache, and 5% Cinsault, it is astounding to see such elegance and finesse. On the nose and palate, this is an intense wine, and while you’ll find plenty of juicy dark fruit and some meaty tannins, the palate is driven by wild herbal flavours such as thyme and lavender.
Palate
The red wines express the entire breed of Mourvèdre at its right maturity, without gravity or tannic submersion, they express an intense fruit and a very personal minerality, with a structure that always knows how to remain elegant, carried by a freshness that gives them a lot of tones.

Domaine de Terrebrune Rouge 2017

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