Domaine Lafran-Veyrolles’ vineyards and winery is managed by Jean-Marie Castel, whose father also worked for the Ferec family. He studied oenology before joining Domaine Lafran-Veyrolles and has continued the winemaking work in the style of the estate. The rustic facilities have been updated with modern, temperature-controlled systems that have made the wine production more efficient. Harvesting for most grape varieties begins in early September however the Mourvèdre is harvested towards the end of the month. Traditional manual vineyard work (except ploughing) remains along with organic methods of weed and pest control (although they are not certified ‘Organic’). The grapes are hand-picked, not destemmed, and crushed gently before going into fermentation vats for 15 to 21 days with temperature control (25 ° to 31 ° temperature). The wine is then matured in large oak barrels for 18 to 24 months to refine and develop its flavour. The wine is bottled without filtration or fining and cellared until April of the second year following the harvest.
Domaine Lafran Veyrolles Bandol Rouge 2017 is mourvèdre at its best! Wild flavours of fresh earth, black pepper, cinnamon, bay, cloves and blackberry. The finish is fresh and quite dry. A great way to discover Mourvèdre-dominant wines.