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DOMAINE DU GROS NORE Bandol Rose 2015

$47.72 $41.95
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DOMAINE DU GROS NORE Bandol Rose 2015

$47.72 $41.95
(You save $5.77)
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Alain Pascal could be a character pulled right out of a Marcel Pagnol novel—a kind of Provençal Hercules. Like his father, Honoré, for whom the domaine is named, Alain is a strong, husky man with hands the size of bear claws. That he is a former boxer and an avid hunter should be no surprise, yet his physique matches both his spirit and his wine—this gentle giant and his cuvées are all heart. Of the many stories recorded in Kermit’s Inspiring Thirst, those of Alain are among the most entertaining. For years he sold his prized fruit from Bandol to Domaine Ott and Château de Pibarnon. Though he and his father would bottle their own wine for family consumption, they never labeled it under their own domaine name. Kermit has called those early family wines, “Magnificent Bandols made in the simplest manner, très franc de goût, with a whole lotta soul.” In 1997 after his father’s death, Alain officially started Domaine du Gros ‘Noré, a real shift that has brought him more than just casual notice. Alain is already a leading contender in Bandol, the appellation regarded as the grand cru of Provence.

He farms sixteen hectares of vineyards with the help of his brother, Guy, on the rolling hillsides around La Cadière d’Azur. The vineyards are composed of both clay and limestone, imparting a pronounced structure of earthy, splintered rock. This microclimate near the Mediterranean brings warm weather and full sun, tempered by the persistent Mistral. Alain leaves his grapes to mature fully on the vine, lending great intensity to the fruit. Where appellation law demands that each blend includes at least 50 percent Mourvèdre, Alain uses 80 percent—a choice that gives more power and concentration to the final assemblage.   Do not be fooled by the strength and boldness of the Gros ‘Noré Bandol, though; underneath a big exterior is a wine of character, depth, complexity, soul, and finesse.

Domaine du Gros ‘Noré

Alain Pascal could be a character pulled right out of a Marcel Pagnol novel—a kind of Provençal Hercules. Like his father, Honoré, for whom the domaine is named, Alain is a strong, husky man with hands the size of bear claws. That he is a former boxer and an avid hunter should be no surprise, yet his physique matches both his spirit and his wine—this gentle giant and his cuvées are all heart. Of the many stories recorded in Kermit’s Inspiring Thirst, those of Alain are among the most entertaining. For years he sold his prized fruit from Bandol to Domaine Ott and Château de Pibarnon. Though he and his father would bottle their own wine for family consumption, they never labeled it under their own domaine name. Kermit has called those early family wines, “Magnificent Bandols made in the simplest manner, très franc de goût, with a whole lotta soul.” In 1997 after his father’s death, Alain officially started Domaine du Gros ‘Noré, a real shift that has brought him more than just casual notice. Alain is already a leading contender in Bandol, the appellation regarded as the grand cru of Provence.

He farms sixteen hectares of vineyards with the help of his brother, Guy, on the rolling hillsides around La Cadière d’Azur. The vineyards are composed of both clay and limestone, imparting a pronounced structure of earthy, splintered rock. This microclimate near the Mediterranean brings warm weather and full sun, tempered by the persistent Mistral. Alain leaves his grapes to mature fully on the vine, lending great intensity to the fruit. Where appellation law demands that each blend includes at least 50 percent Mourvèdre, Alain uses 80 percent—a choice that gives more power and concentration to the final assemblage. Do not be fooled by the strength and boldness of the Gros ‘Noré Bandol, though; underneath a big exterior is a wine of character, depth, complexity, soul, and finesse.Domaine du Gros ‘Noré

Alain Pascal could be a character pulled right out of a Marcel Pagnol novel—a kind of Provençal Hercules. Like his father, Honoré, for whom the domaine is named, Alain is a strong, husky man with hands the size of bear claws. That he is a former boxer and an avid hunter should be no surprise, yet his physique matches both his spirit and his wine—this gentle giant and his cuvées are all heart. Of the many stories recorded in Kermit’s Inspiring Thirst, those of Alain are among the most entertaining. For years he sold his prized fruit from Bandol to Domaine Ott and Château de Pibarnon. Though he and his father would bottle their own wine for family consumption, they never labeled it under their own domaine name. Kermit has called those early family wines, “Magnificent Bandols made in the simplest manner, très franc de goût, with a whole lotta soul.” In 1997 after his father’s death, Alain officially started Domaine du Gros ‘Noré, a real shift that has brought him more than just casual notice. Alain is already a leading contender in Bandol, the appellation regarded as the grand cru of Provence.


He farms sixteen hectares of vineyards with the help of his brother, Guy, on the rolling hillsides around La Cadière d’Azur. The vineyards are composed of both clay and limestone, imparting a pronounced structure of earthy, splintered rock. This microclimate near the Mediterranean brings warm weather and full sun, tempered by the persistent Mistral. Alain leaves his grapes to mature fully on the vine, lending great intensity to the fruit. Where appellation law demands that each blend includes at least 50 percent Mourvèdre, Alain uses 80 percent—a choice that gives more power and concentration to the final assemblage.   Do not be fooled by the strength and boldness of the Gros ‘Noré Bandol, though; underneath a big exterior is a wine of character, depth, complexity, soul, and finesse.

Alain Pascal could be a character pulled right out of a Marcel Pagnol novel—a kind of Provençal Hercules. Like his father, Honoré, for whom the domaine is named, Alain is a strong, husky man with hands the size of bear claws. That he is a former boxer and an avid hunter should be no surprise, yet his physique matches both his spirit and his wine—this gentle giant and his cuvées are all heart. Of the many stories recorded in Kermit’s Inspiring Thirst, those of Alain are among the most entertaining. For years he sold his prized fruit from Bandol to Domaine Ott and Château de Pibarnon. Though he and his father would bottle their own wine for family consumption, they never labeled it under their own domaine name. Kermit has called those early family wines, “Magnificent Bandols made in the simplest manner, très franc de goût, with a whole lotta soul.” In 1997 after his father’s death, Alain officially started Domaine du Gros ‘Noré, a real shift that has brought him more than just casual notice. Alain is already a leading contender in Bandol, the appellation regarded as the grand cru of Provence.


He farms sixteen hectares of vineyards with the help of his brother, Guy, on the rolling hillsides around La Cadière d’Azur. The vineyards are composed of both clay and limestone, imparting a pronounced structure of earthy, splintered rock. This microclimate near the Mediterranean brings warm weather and full sun, tempered by the persistent Mistral. Alain leaves his grapes to mature fully on the vine, lending great intensity to the fruit. Where appellation law demands that each blend includes at least 50 percent Mourvèdre, Alain uses 80 percent—a choice that gives more power and concentration to the final assemblage.   Do not be fooled by the strength and boldness of the Gros ‘Noré Bandol, though; underneath a big exterior is a wine of character, depth, complexity, soul, and finesse.

Domaine du Gros’ Noré: Bandol (Provence)

Owner Alain Pascal has 16 ha of vines in the prime sector of Cadiere d’Azur.
They have an average age of 30 years. The first official vintage released was
1997. Prior to this, Alain’s father, Honore (his name is shortened to ‘Nore to give
the name of the Domaine as Gros Noré = Fat Honore) worked the vineyards but
never made his own wine. Instead he sold the grapes to another leading Bandol
producer at that time, Chateau de Pibarnon.

Bandol is regarded as the First Growth of Provence producing the most serious,
and well known, wines of Provence. The Mourvèdre grape variety is the basis of
great Bandol with appellation laws requiring a minimum of 50% for the red wines
(though many use up to 100% for some cuvees). As well as Mourvèdre (80%),
the Gros’ Noré red also has a dash of Grenache (15%), and old vine Cinsault
(5%). The wine is aged for 18 months in old 60 hl wooden barrels (foudres).
There are no new barriques used. Only one cuvee of red wine is produced, and it
is bottled without fining or filtration.

“In several years (first vintage 1997), Alain Pascal has made his domaine one of
the best representatives of his appellation due to Mourvedre grapes ripened to
perfect maturity on the clay soils of Cadiere. His red Bandol is a complete wine,
intense and made for a long evolution.” From Classement 2006 (The best wines of France)

- See more at: http://bestcellars.com.au/domaine-du-gros-nore#sthash.Pi3H9jAm.dpuf

Domaine du Gros’ Noré: Bandol (Provence)

Owner Alain Pascal has 16 ha of vines in the prime sector of Cadiere d’Azur.
They have an average age of 30 years. The first official vintage released was
1997. Prior to this, Alain’s father, Honore (his name is shortened to ‘Nore to give
the name of the Domaine as Gros Noré = Fat Honore) worked the vineyards but
never made his own wine. Instead he sold the grapes to another leading Bandol
producer at that time, Chateau de Pibarnon.

Bandol is regarded as the First Growth of Provence producing the most serious,
and well known, wines of Provence. The Mourvèdre grape variety is the basis of
great Bandol with appellation laws requiring a minimum of 50% for the red wines
(though many use up to 100% for some cuvees). As well as Mourvèdre (80%),
the Gros’ Noré red also has a dash of Grenache (15%), and old vine Cinsault
(5%). The wine is aged for 18 months in old 60 hl wooden barrels (foudres).
There are no new barriques used. Only one cuvee of red wine is produced, and it
is bottled without fining or filtration.

“In several years (first vintage 1997), Alain Pascal has made his domaine one of
the best representatives of his appellation due to Mourvedre grapes ripened to
perfect maturity on the clay soils of Cadiere. His red Bandol is a complete wine,
intense and made for a long evolution.” From Classement 2006 (The best wines of France)

- See more at: http://bestcellars.com.au/domaine-du-gros-nore#sthash.Pi3H9jAm.dpuf

Domaine du Gros’ Noré: Bandol (Provence)

Owner Alain Pascal has 16 ha of vines in the prime sector of Cadiere d’Azur.
They have an average age of 30 years. The first official vintage released was
1997. Prior to this, Alain’s father, Honore (his name is shortened to ‘Nore to give
the name of the Domaine as Gros Noré = Fat Honore) worked the vineyards but
never made his own wine. Instead he sold the grapes to another leading Bandol
producer at that time, Chateau de Pibarnon.

Bandol is regarded as the First Growth of Provence producing the most serious,
and well known, wines of Provence. The Mourvèdre grape variety is the basis of
great Bandol with appellation laws requiring a minimum of 50% for the red wines
(though many use up to 100% for some cuvees). As well as Mourvèdre (80%),
the Gros’ Noré red also has a dash of Grenache (15%), and old vine Cinsault
(5%). The wine is aged for 18 months in old 60 hl wooden barrels (foudres).
There are no new barriques used. Only one cuvee of red wine is produced, and it
is bottled without fining or filtration.

“In several years (first vintage 1997), Alain Pascal has made his domaine one of
the best representatives of his appellation due to Mourvedre grapes ripened to
perfect maturity on the clay soils of Cadiere. His red Bandol is a complete wine,
intense and made for a long evolution.” From Classement 2006 (The best wines of France)

- See more at: http://bestcellars.com.au/domaine-du-gros-nore#sthash.Pi3H9jAm.dpuf

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