They are one of the very few Bandol producers to actually have vineyards within the village of Bandol. Le Galantin’s best vineyards are planted on poor clay, with a touch of limestone and sandy soil on old terraces, known locally as restanques, allowing deep ripening of the grapes and expressive flavours. The appellation’s south facing vineyards get an extraordinary amount of sunshine hours per year, however the heat is tempered by constant wind and also humidity from the sea, all of which in combination makes for robust, but balanced wines and provides the Rosé with serious substance and texture. The domaine’s vineyards are all tended by hand and cared for using organic methods.
This is vivid and vibrant with an array of citrus and racy red fruits with a medium-bodied palate of crushed raspberry, strawberry and sour cherry as well as ruby grapefruit with crisp acidity and a steely mineral tone. Light floral notes, spices and dried herbs add to the complexity of this dry and focused pink.
Made with around 50% Mourvèdre, 25% Cinsault and 25% Grenache from vines planted on the southwest facing hillsides. After the grapes are harvested they are cooled for a two day cold soak in order to extract fruit, colour and aromatics, while still delicate and translucent in the finished wine. The juice is then racked off and the grapes are pressed to stainless steel tanks, with just 10% of the wine being saignée, giving it a bolder fruit expression without being too weighty.
I really love what Mourvèdre & Cinsault add to rose. Mourvèdre gives depth, weight and complexity. Cinsault gives a spice and welcome acid spine. Excellent quality in the Bandol style. Ian Cook, FWC.