Chateau St Anne is an old family winery in the small region of Bandol, located in Provence France. St Anne currently has 15 hectares and is run by Francoise Dutheil and her son Jean-Baptiste. Chateau St Anne. St Anne both helped resurrect the Bandol appellation 5 generations ago and was a founding member of the first natural wine growers association in France: the Association de Vins Naturels.
Grape Varietals: Primarily Mourvedre with Cinsault and Grenache as well.
Aroma: the Chateau St Anne Bandol smells so unmistakably like Provence. This is garrigue. This is wild dry hills with lavender, rosemary, and thyme. There's also slight old dry woodsey smell that tips me off to the extremely long time this wine spends resting in large traditional oak casks. There's fresh black cherry fruit along with a whiff of dry pine forest. this Bandol smells so old in the sense of generations of history and at the same time it's bright and alive. I am also pleasantly shocked to not smell any stewed fruit in a Bandol.
Palate: So elegant, so old world, so raw and rustic. St Anne's Bandol is a bit of a contradiction and it's one of the best wines I've had in the past 12 months. There's fresh acidity right at first, fresh cherry, a hint of tannin and then proper tannins that cradle and focus the wine's Provencal herb, fruit, and earthy flavors. This 12.5% alcohol Bandol isn't for everyone; if you like big lush high alcohol modern sleek Bordeaux look elsewhere. But if you yearn for old school Cornas, Brunello, and elegant reserved Barolo this wine will move you.
I only got 2 cases. Available at Maine and Loire and Vinland.