Bandol, an appellation of the Provencal coast, the predominant grape is Mourvedre (Montastell), which also happens to be one of my varieties. We just picked up this great little wine and I was impressed on how approachable it was, as the usual thought is that Bandol usually need time to age a bit. This wine spends 18 months in barrel, which is a requirement of Bandol rouge. Deep purple, this wine has a really intense, smoky, meaty, earthy and even chocolate-like aromas layered with ripe black fruit and licorice. It has a velvety texture with big yet soft tannins. It’s drinking very well now, but could be cellared for up to 10 years.