Bandol La Vivonne has one of the finest ranges of vintage wines in the Bandol appellation.
Bandol AOC rouge 2007 : Vinalies Prize at the 2009 Concours National
Bandol AOC rouge 2006 : Listed in the 2009 Hachette Guide** "This 2006 expresses aromas of leather, undergrowth, vanilla and toasted almonds. Fresh, powerful, structured, the palate reveals flavours of black fruit and spices with a long finish. A classic Bandol for laying down". 2009 Guide to the Wines of Provence: "garnet red tinged with blue. Delicate, fresh, voluptuous, ripe bouquet. Palate: lively attack, very aromatic, balanced, notes of strawberry. Power, massive, rustic structure that suggests an excellent potential for ageing. A tremendous success. "
Bandol AOC rouge 2005 : Gilbert and Gaillard Guide "Dark red garnet colour. Nose full of generous ripe fruit (blackcurrants, prunes) on a spicy base. Typically Mediterranean on the palate, with power and suppleness. The tannins are well-integrated, with full expression of the aromas. Classic, well-made" Ageing potential: 16 to 18 years.
Bandol AOC rouge 2004 : Revue du Vin de France Guide,, "Best Affordable Wines of 2008" "A beautiful, fresh, full-bodied Mourvèdre characterized by a lively finish with no dryness. The marly terroir coped well with the water stress. A magnificent bottle, international class. " Gold Medal at the Concours de La Foire d'Exposition for wines of the Var and Provence in Brignoles.
Bandol AOC rouge 2003 : 2007 Gilbert and Gaillard Guide "Dark red garnet colour. Nose still austere, dense black fruit, pepper with aeration. Supple, powerful attack, slightly firm, linear evolution. A very powerful vintage. " Ageing potential: 16 to 18 years. Nose: Cinnamon, truffles, spices. Palate: tannic, full-bodied.
Bandol AOC rouge 2001 : Bottin Gourmand Wine Guide: "Flavour and Growing Quality Approval".2004 HACHETTE Guide: "The terraces of old Castellet lend themselves wonderfully to Mourvèdre. This grape variety constitutes 100% of this still young vintage, with aromas of blackcurrants, redcurrants and mint. This is a structured, powerful but very drinkable wine with excellent balance […]". Listed**** in the Revue des Vins de France, March 2004: "[…] dense substance, bursting with fruit, robust, coated texture supporting an energetic palate. Great potential to age […]". 2005 Fleurus des Vins Guide: "Garnet colour. Intense nose with fruity, balsamic notes. The palate reveals a very ripe silky character, with aromas of liquorice and a drawn out, elegant structure. The finish is tight and firm with velvety tannins. Still young, but already very enjoyable, a perfect expression of the Domaine's refined rather than powerful style. Prix d’Excellence at the 2005 Concours des Vinalies.
Bandol AOC rouge 2000 : Vins et Vignobles Magazine. The nose presents freshness and animal notes […]. Supple and pleasant in the mouth with a delicious fruitiness, and yet not lacking in complexity.
Bandol AOC rouge 1999 : "Découverte et Connaissance des Vins" oenological association wine tasting on 25 January 2002. "Beautiful density, clear, bright garnet colour, with fine "legs". Pleasant nose expressing spices and black fruit. On the palate, the attack is very clean and direct. The tannins are refined and rather elegant. A wine with substance. Retro-olfaction characterized by black fruit. Good length with a mineral finish. An elegant well-structured wine that deserves to be kept. "
Bandol AOC rouge 1998 : 2001 Hachette Guide: "The complex bouquet deserves attention as it matches the flavourful palate […]. A fine bottle, worth keeping in the cellar for five years"
Bandol AOC rouge 1997 : 2000 Hachette Guide: listed and starred the Bandol rouge 1997*. This 100% Mourvèdre Bandol is already showing a very robust nature: powerful, fine tannins and a reserved fruity, spicy bouquet. Still maturing, it should evolve into a wine with an interesting character.
Bandol AOC rouge 1995 : 1999 Hachette Guide: listed and starred the Bandol rouge 1995*. Created at the dawn of the twentieth century, this vineyard is already being managed by the fifth generation. The Domaine's Bandol rouge 95 presents a bouquet with fruity notes (blackberries, blackcurrants), and powerful, woody tannins; this is a virile wine that will soften with 4 to 5 years of ageing.
Bandol AOC rouge 1994 : The 1996 Hachette Guide selected the 1994 Bandol rosé. Hints of orange, then aromas of peaches and apricots make way for a plate with good overall balance expressing almonds mixed with citrus notes.
Bandol AOC rouge 1993 : www.les1001vins.com (Bruno Scavo, "favourites"): Mourvèdre. "Bright, deep purple garnet colour. Delightful, intense nose, reflecting fully ripened grapes at harvest with aromas of garrigue, bay, a hint of iodine, and fruit that is almost candied (raspberries, blackberries). Dense, well-defined palate, generous, plenty of volume, with a silky, satiny structure that combines body and freshness with firm, tight tannins. Solid substance without rusticity, long retro-olfaction. A big wine with the structure to age for at least ten years. If you cannot wait, decant three hours prior to drinking. Temperature: 15/17°C: sirloin with pepper, classic dishes respecting the notes of fruit and spices; with game and truffles after a few years. " La Revue du Vin de France: "The 1993 red is particularly charming, with a beautiful blackberry nose heightened with notes of vanilla, the supple attack makes way for good tannins and plenty of volume. "
La Revue du Vin de France - (tasting report): "there is definitely plenty of substance in this 1993 Bandol. Very fruity, very ripe, very rich, very long, developing elegance, this substance reveals a wine that is still maturing, pleasant but could wait a few more years. "
Bandol AOC rouge 1988 : The 1994 Hachette Guide selected the 1988 Bandol rouge. "Vivonne is the one of the jewels of the vineyards around Castellet, a medieval town with wonderful narrow streets impregnated with history. The wines are like the terroir: rugged, yet warm, if they have been suitably tamed. This 88 is still young despite its age, it is powerful and full-bodied, but quite angular and needs to soften. "
Bandol AOC rouge 1986 : Gault Millau "preview" of Bandol 1986 reds: Bandol La Vivonne: 16/20. Beautiful, very bright colour; powerful, aromatic, persistent nose, pleasantly rich with spicy notes characteristic of this wine (liquorice, blackcurrants, toast). Lots of finesse, balance and elegance in the mouth with the same aromas and the feel of a wine that has reached maturity.
Bandol AOC rouge 1982 : 1990 Hachette Guide: listed and starred the Bandol rouge 1982*. 80% Mourvèdre and 15 year-old Grenache. This is an aged wine, indicated by the amber colour, it has aromas of toasted almonds and the characteristic Bandol pepper, with vigorous tannins.