Wine and Spirits

Bandol wine PDO

Though it is renowned for its powerful, robust reds, which have an excellent aging ability, the Bandol wine PDO area also produces very aromatic rosés and whites along the coast.

Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Production area :
Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur

What you need to know

Remains found at the site of the ancient port of Tauroeis, in the bay of Sanary-sur-Mer, show that grapes were grown in the region as far back as the 7th century BC. The wine produced traveled well and the coastal location favored trade, which developed in the Middle Ages. Bandol was at the height of its success in the 19th century when its vineyards were ravaged by phylloxera, leaving the winegrowers to work on the grapes and rebuild the industry. Mourvèdre, a traditional grape of the terroir, drove its revival, which culminated in Bandol being granted the PDO designation in 1941.

The vineyards are planted on coastal terraces, on poor, arid soils which concentrate the aromas. There is exceptional sunshine, tempered by the maritime influence which prevents any great temperature differences. Its star grape is Mourvèdre, which produces powerful wines with an excellent aging ability. It is used for appellation reds and rosés, along with Grenache (for generosity) and Cinsault (for finesse). Bandol's flagship red wines make up a third of production, ranking second after its rosés (approx. 60%). White wines, produced with Clairette, Ugni Blanc and Bourboulenc grapes, make up just 5% of production.


Look Red: purple color when young, garnet as it ages Rosé: pale color, delicate salmon-pink White: light, straw-like yellow
Smell Red and black fruits, undergrowth and truffle with age Rosé: red fruits or peach and apricot and sometimes fennel and marjoram, depending on the terroirs White: fruity (grapefruit, dried fruits) or floral (white and yellow flowers)
Taste Red: tannic, rounding with age. Notes of licorice, cinnamon and truffle. Rosé: light and fresh but structured, due to the Mourvèdre White: fresh opening, complex aromas (white flowers, citrus fruits, orchard fruits or exotic fruits…)

How to use

Storing Bandol

Red: can be drunk whilst young but has excellent aging potential (10/15 years or more)
Rosé: drunk young but the Mourvèdre gives it good aging potential.
White: 1 to 3 years

Serving Bandol

17-18 °C Reds
8 à 10 °C Rosés
8 à 11 °C  Whites

Tasting Bandol

With friends on summer

Pair with

Game, stew, roasted lamb, goat's cheese, truffle, chocolate cake in the case of the reds
Bouillabaisse, fish soup, grilled shrimp and red mullet, in the case of the whites
As an aperitif with olives, anchovy puree, pissaladière, fish and cheese in the case of the rosés

Country Bread
Country Bread
Traditional shallots
Traditional shallots
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