60% Clairette, 35% Ugni Blanc and 5% Vermentino (Rolle). The grapes come from north-facing, low-yielding terraced vineyards planted on clay and limestone soil. White wine is rare in Bandol, accounting for only 5% of the appellation’s total production.
Following a cool fermentation (18C or 64F) during which the malolactic is blocked, the wine is fined and bottled early, in the spring following the harvest, in order to preserve its fresh qualities. The bouquet offers floral notes with a hint of the wild herbs of the garrigue coming from the mature Clairette vines. The palate is dominated by fresh fruits and a vivacious finish. 375 cases produced.
About the Producer
The tiny appellation of Bandol is located directly on the Mediterranean coast, just east of Marseille. Following the steps of her father Achille, who bought the land in 1960 and produced his first vintage in 1972, Céline Pascale took over the domaine in 1999. She is helped by her brother Jérôme, who takes care of the vineyards. Today, Domaine le Galantin farms 30 hectares of terraced vineyards located in Le Plan du Castellet. Everything is hand-harvested.
Farming practices: Organic, not certified.
The ancient steep vineyards of Bandol - first planted by Phocaean Greeks c.600BC - are the perfect home for Mourvèdre. This variety produces wines that can age at least three decades. As at le Galantin, the best vineyards are planted on poor clay and sandy soil on old terraces, known locally as restanques. The appellations's 1400 hectares of largely south facing vineyards get an extraordinary 3,000 hours of sun a year, but the heat is tempered by constant wind and also humidity from the sea.
Domaine Le Galantin
Jérôme and Céline Pascal