It is in the heart of the Bandol appellation, renowned for being the quintessence of Provence wines, that the Domaine de Val d’Arenc produces its grands crus in all three colors.
Accessing the Domaine de Val d’Arenc is almost an adventure… A winding path climbs steeply through the Bandolaise countryside. Finally, halfway between Le Plan du Castellet and Sainte-Anne d’Evenos, in a hollow of the valley at the foot of the Gros Cerveau mountain, we discover the stone buildings that form the Domaine de Val d’Arenc, surrounded by vineyards, olives trees and cypress trees.
The name of Val d’Arenc is an echo of the Latin word arena which means sand. Sands quarries, still in operation, are located below the Domaine.
The vineyard has 26 hectares divided into several levels of terraces (names of terraces specific to Bandol) on clay-limestone and sandstone soils. However, this dreamy setting is difficult to cultivate. The slope is very steep and the erosion significant. Small stones walls hold back the soil…and the vines.
AOP Bandol Rouge 2016
Blend of two terroirs of the Cadiere Azure and the Beausset. Soil of clay and limestone marl
70% Mourvedre, 30% Grenache
Debudding, Suckering, Harvesting green, Ground work, Harvesting by hand
Ten days of cold pre-fermentation
Sorting of the harvest
Fermentation temperature controlled around 25°C
Fermentation for six weeks
A gastronomic red, voluminous in the mouth. Fruits with black flesh and notes of chocolate blend with finesse and elegance. A silky ending that is long lasting.
Food and Wine Pairing
Ideal for pairing with grilled red meats and sauces, and with haute cuisine in Provencal or traditional style.