La Bégude is a huge 500 hectare property, of which only a small part is planted with vines. The domain lies in the Cadière d'Azur region, near Castellet in the Var. It also has a large olive grove. The vineyard is in the Bandol appellation at an altitude of 400 metres. The Tari family (who own the agricultural company responsible for Château Giscours' vines) purchased the property in 1996. Guilllaume Tari manages the property. With a rich history, the site is like an open book. The barrel cellar, for example, is a 7th century Merovingian chapel. There are remnants of wine vats dating from the 14th century! La Bégude ("The place where one drinks"), is one of Bandol's most magnificent properties; eight grape varieties are grown: Mourvèdre, Grenache, Cinsault, and Carignan for the reds, Ugni Blanc, Clairette, Rolle and Bourboulenc for the whites. The soil is mainly marly and clayey on a limestone base. The property has Ecocert organic certification. The wines are aged for approximately 18 months in barrels (depending on the vintage). Deep and intense, the red Bandol stands out for its notes of black fruit and liquorice, and its imposing tannic structure in its youth, which then mellows wonderfully after a few years. Keep for: 10 to 12 years.
About the cuvée
This cuvée is produced in limited quantities, coming from an ideally situated parcel of vineyard sheltered from the baking Provencal sun and protected from the unforgiving Mistral wind. Clairette Blanc, Ugni Blanc and Rolle varieties are grown on clay-limestone soil according to organic methods, with yields averaging around 20 hl/ha. The grapes are sorted twice and completely de-stemmed before pressing and fermentation. The resulting wine is matured for 6 months in French oak demi-muids. Offering citrus aromas, a fleshy mouthfeel and lots of freshness, this is a food friendly wine, for drinking young alongside flavours of the sea.
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