(From 2004 Vintage) The vineyards dominate the hills, facing the sea, clinging to terraced in terraces up to 300m above sea level, on the slopes forming a vast amphitheater sheltered from the mistral. The high altitude of the vineyards favors cool nights and slow ripening of the grapes. The vineyards of Castle Pibarnon are planted on old Triassic soil, characterized by very high rates of limestone. This limestone promotes the appearance of clumps in wines, and allows the extraction of very fine and elegant tannins. Moreover it is causing the freshness and minerality, giving an exemplary race and flavor. Castle Pibarnon focuses on 12 main plots, all located on the heights of the area: Bel Air, Jourdan, White-Tips, Cirque ... As in the vines, fermentation time asked a lot of patience, tannins are extracted slowly after long days of maceration and punching. Fermentation is followed by a very LONG CUVAISON (about three weeks) before running off. BREEDING in oak casks for 20 months. The wrath of the park will soon be renewed at 100%. Diversification in the choice of coopers and casks of different ages can adapt the best breeding of each of our terroirs.
In 2008 this outlook certainly pays dividends in terms of refinement and charm. It's an aromatic, supple Bandol with silky tannins and a core of confit cherry and roasted plum fruit, complimented by gravelly, resinous tones. The finish is fresh and long with powdery, fine tannins. It's an engaging wine with almost Vosne Romanee-like perfume and elegance.