Bandol – Longue Garde
Only produced in special vintages, this wine is designed for “long aging” as the name implies. Crafted from the oldest parcels on the property, it offers depth and complexity. It otherwise receives the same aging as the regular cuvée, but is held for at least 5 years after bottling – sometimes much longer. 95% Mourvèdre and 5% old-vines Grenache, fermented with indigenous yeasts and aged for 22 months in 70 to 90 hectolitre foudres and demi-muids (one new and the rest 2 to 6 year old). Céline is employing 20% whole cluster fermentation (80% destemmed) and pressing after 20 days. 250 to 420 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