(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.
The Mourvedre is a very fragrant grape, producing wines of great depth, a rich colour and enormous complexity. It ripens late and performs best in the warm Mediterranean climate of Bandol. At Pibarnon, to ensure perfect maturity, the grapes are often picked 10 days later than is customary in Bandol. The upshot is a wine that compares favorably with great names from the more prestigious vineyards in France. When young, Pibarnon Rouge displays a massive floral bouquet with black cherries and spices. The firm acidity of the Mourvedre gives good definition and a solid foundation for long term development. With time the wine mellows, exhibiting a harmonious elegance and wonderful heady flavors of truffles, wet leaves and cinnamon.
Blend: 90 % Mourvedre, 10% Grenache