The vineyards of Chateau de Pibarnon create a natural amphitheater, sitting atop La Colline du Télégraphe at a height of 300m, staring directly out at the sparkling Mediterranean bay of La Ciotat. This is one of the few terroirs that can ripen and sculpt the surly Mourvèdre into the kind of fine, supple, and fragrant wine that Pibarnon is famous for.
Overlooking the Mediterranean and grown on undulating hills where olive trees, cypresses, figs, pink laurels, pines, and oaks grow, the Pibarnon vineyard truly dazzles the eyes – a bit of paradise in Provence, situated on the highest slopes of the soil of Bandol.
The secret of Pibarnon’s wines lies in the complex alchemy of its local soil: a unique Triassic limestone soil born of a particular geological characteristic which perfectly regulates the flow of water to the vineyard, a brilliant grape variety, Mourvèdre, and an altitude of more than 300 meters above sea level, matched by an ideal micro-climate. Great wines are always born on great soils.
A blend of 50% Clairette, 30% Bourboulenc, and 20% other permitted varieties, the Bandol Blanc from Chateau de Pibarnon is a food-friendly, supple, surprisingly textured effort that offers lots of apple blossom, spice, and buttered citrus in its rounded, medium-bodied style.