Chateau de Pibarnon was founded by Comte Henri de St-Victor in 1977 and is one of the great estates of Bandol. Originally 3.5 hectares of neglected vines, the energy and foresight of Comte Henri has led to the growth of the estate to the present day 50 hectares of vines designed as an Amphitheatre known as the Theatre d'Epidaure which shelters the vines from the Mistral. Oak-aged for 18 months, this savoury Bandol rouge is 90% Mourvedre and 10% Grenache and goes well with substantial meat dishes.
A bright garnet-red in colour with typically savoury, earthy aromas of meat and leather provided by the Mourvedre. Notes also of red cherries and vanilla. On the palate spicy and warm with pronounced tannins. The finish is lengthy and balanced providing excellent acidity and further red fruit notes. Try with seared carpaccio of beef with roasted beetroot, lamb shank with couscous or ravioli a la Nicoise with beef and swiss chard.