Hecht & Bannier - Bandol - red - 2013 - 750 ml
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WHAT THE WINEMAKERS ARE SAYING
“Crunchy and complex, rich, full and ripe but also precise and extremely elegant. With no doubt, it is the wine for several decades.” Gregory Hecht and François Bannier
“Being demanding, make choices and pursue them.” Gregory and François share these common values and skills that they learned from their previous experiences.
2001 is the first vintage of Maison Hecht & Bannier. Following visit of hundreds of domains, days and nights of arguing conversations and wonders about their blends, Gregory Hecht and François Bannier bottle at the end of 2003 four cuvées of Southern France appellations: Minervois, Saint Chinian, Faugères and Côtes du Roussillon. Hardly a hundred cases of each wine, the miserable profit of a rigorous and drastic selection of each varietal on every best location. “Lovely spoon negoce” pokes a grower whom they buy two precious hectoliters of Mouvèdre for the Faugères blend. Following years will enjoy the blossoming of new cuvées and wines spreading out alongside the Mediterranean arc. Core principles remain unchanged: blending the fruit of several growers within an appellation, long ageing, severe work on blends to offer under a single brand the quintessenciel expression of each AOP. Craft hand-made negoce, boutique wines. Tasters may sometimes be overwhelmed by the wines but these cuvées claim their style and signature. “Fascinating, ambitious, accomplished new negociant” wrote Jancis Robinson in 2005 with other famous wine writers who early enable a tremendous success of the company in USA, Canada and Japan.
From: France, Provence, Bandol
Colour: RedSources: Le Castelet, La Cadière d’Azur, Saint-Anne d’Evenos, Saint-Cyr-sur-Mer, Le Beausset
Varieties: Mainly Mourvèdre, Grenache, Cinsault. Bandol is, like all our Crus, based on a several terroirs blend of the appellation. Thus, the deep wines from Chemin de l’argile are associated to the limestone scree of Saint Cyr. At the Far East, in Sainte Anne d’Evenos – the coolest area which most benefits from the maritime air inlet – we have selected a wine which brings freshness and distinction. Bandol and Mourvedre are always linked: this grape variety finds its finest expression in that region. The outstanding fullness of its ripe and deep tanins is balanced by Grenache softness and the spellbinding fruit of the wines from of the very old vines of Cinsault.
Maturing: 20 months in foudre, 6 months in neutral concrete vat