The Domaine Lafran-Veyrolles ‘Cuvée Spéciale’ Rouge is from an estate with a superb terroir and is widely recognised as one of the top three producers in the appellation. Jean-Marie Castell runs this small, traditional estate with just 10ha of vines on the famous red clay soil of Bandol. The estate is nestled in the protective hillsides of the Cadière d’Azur and benefits from a maritime climate. The Domaine works with minimal intervention: extremely low yields, organic viticulture and natural winemaking including very limited sulphur dioxide.
Domaine Lafran-Veyrolles Bandol ‘Cuvée Spéciale’ Rouge is a genuinely lovely regional wine. There is an intense nose of ripe bramble fruits with a hint of pencil shavings. The palate is lively and structured with more flavours of dark fruits, herbal bitters and a long, tannic finish. Matches perfectly with a boeuf bourguignon!!