Château Salettes Bandol Rouge 2014
The 17th century Château Salettes is situated on the Mediterranean coast between Toulon and Marseille at the foot of the hilltop village of La Cadière d’Azur. Mourvèdre constitutes 50% of Château Salettes’ plantings.
Their powerful and age-worthy red wines are comprised of a minimum of 80% Mourvèdre from the estate’s oldest vines planted in the 1960s.
Manual harvest using shallow bins (AC Bandol rules prohibit mechanical harvesting).
All fruit is destemmed. Indigenous yeasts. Unfined, unfiltered.
"Cuvaison for red wines is generally three-to-four weeks with daily routine of pigeage (punching down) in the morning and remontage (pumping over) in the afternoon. Reds are moved to 2500 liter oak casks (foudres) where they undergo malo-lactic fermentation, are racked and then returned for minimum elevage of 18 months."
Bandol Rouge – 90% Mourvèdre, 10% Grenache
La Cadière-d'Azur, France