Grape variety: 95% Mourvèdre, 5% Cinsault
Terroir : The cuvee Altum comes from the highest part of Canadel’s Vineyard at 250 meters high, facing the Mediterranean sea. The soil is made of very deep clay, with calcareous rocks. At this altitude, with deep soils and a gently windy climate, the Mourvèdre gives its best, between strength and elegance.
Yields:27 hl/ha.Average age of vines: 39 years
Vinification: The grapes are hand-harvested and sorted in the vineyard. They are then sorted again at the cellar before being de-stemmed. The fermentation lasts 20 days in concrete tanks, with smooth pumping over each day. The wines are aged 18 months in oak tank of 30 hl.
Vintage : 2014 began with a very wet winter. Spring was quite dry and conditions were good and healthy for the growing vines. The summer was dry although quite cool which led us to believe that harvesting would be late. However welcome rains at the end of August and a rise in temperature in September helped accelerate the maturity of the grapes. The harvest of Altum was on September 25th.
Taste : ”Sweet, lush and enticing. Pretty cherry fruits and animal aromas. Fresh, deep, lively and long. A great Bandol with lots of exuberance and life to it. Plenty of tannin which will integrate and soften with time.” (DWWA 2016)
Date of bottling: May 2016
Bandol 2014 Altum gets a beautiful silver medal, with a score of 91/100 at the most prestigious wines competition in the world: the Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA)