Producer: Domaine Ray-Jane
Wine: 2012 Bandol Red
Varietals: 90% Mourvèdre, 5% Cinsault, 5% Grenache
Nose: A deep ruby color with attractive aromas of dark fruit.
Palate: This wine has an intense palate, yet smooth tannins.
Food: Steak, roasted pork, hearty stews, casseroles and rich cheeses.
Cellaring: Drink now or hold
Domaine Ray-Jane, Le Castellet - Bandol (Provence)
Jane and Alain Constant own Domaine Ray-Jane which has been in their families since 1288. The vineyards spread over 64 acres in the terrroirs of Le Castellet and La Cadiere. The newly upgraded cellar is equipped with the latest technology (thermo-regulated stainless steel tanks for maceration of all 3 wines, automatic system for pumping over the red Bandol (coming soon). Alain’s father Raymond had a passion for all things used for winemaking (tools for vineyard management, barrel-making and winemaking) and a small museum lies on the property where a unique collection of over 20,000 tools is displayed.
Domaine Ray-Jane is certified organic. A third of the vines are 100 years old and planted on Restanques (terraces made of stones carved into the hills to prevent erosion and facilitate the natural distribution of water resources). The work in the vineyard is done without motorized tools (ploughing is done with horses and hoe). Harvest is manual.