Domaine Bunan

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The Bunan family, without fanfare or hyperbole, have quietly become the single largest proprietors in the increasingly well-regarded appellation of Bandol. Unlike many of their neighbours, they have not rushed headlong into a love-affair with new oak, but have judiciously employed it as a fine chef might use seasoning. The wines – across the board – show a sober respect for tradition allied to an openness to change. Their vineyards are now certified organic and they have begun the process of bio-dynamic conversion. Their red Bandols age very well, and the Kosher wine is a category leader.  Many satisfied customers have commented on the reasonableness of the prices.

Label - Bunan Moulin des Costes

Available Wines

Dom. Bunan 2009 Ch. La Rouviere Bandol Rouge

Paradoxically, Bunan’s flagship vineyard gives rise to the most forward of their reds – though it is essentially pure Mourvèdre – on account of its full-south exposure and steep slope, which result in wine of exceptional, but not excessive, ripeness. Bandol of this stature remains one of the great values in wines for aging that the world has to offer.

Dom. Bunan 2009 Ch. La Rouviere Bandol Rouge [6/1500]

Paradoxically, Bunan’s flagship vineyard gives rise to the most forward of their reds – though it is essentially pure Mourvèdre – on account of its full-south exposure and steep slope, which result in wine of exceptional, but not excessive, ripeness. Bandol of this stature remains one of the great values in wines for aging that the world has to offer.

Dom. Bunan 2010 Moulin des Costes ‘Charriage’, Bandol Rouge [6/750]

This “tête de cuvée”  from a tiny parcel of 80 year-old Mourvèdre vines in the heart of the Moulin des Costes has developed quite a following.  Aged in a combination of barriques, demi-muids and muids, of which 25% are new, it has great fruit density to sustain the oak, and nothing can suppress the sweet blackberry flavour of the variety, nor the innate silkiness of the texture. A relatively modestly-priced “trophy wine”, with superb aging potential. “Decanter” Magazine listed the first 1998 vintage among the “100 Wines You Have to Drink Before You Die”. This 2002 has a beguiling svelte sweetness and is now entering its period of peak maturity. The 2004 is nipping at its heels.

Dom. Bunan 2010 Moulin des Costes Bandol Blanc

(Clairette, Bourboulenc, Ugni Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc) Only 2% of Bandol is white, and Bunan makes 40% of it. They go from strength to strength in this difficult genre, as exemplified by this ravishingly flavoured wine, with its vivid almondy aroma and caressing texture. Provençal white wine at its best.

Dom. Bunan 2012 Moulin des Costes Bandol Blanc

(Clairette, Bourboulenc, Ugni Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc) Only 2% of Bandol is white, and Bunan makes 40% of it. They go from strength to strength in this difficult genre, as exemplified by this ravishingly flavoured wine, with its vivid almondy aroma and caressing texture. Provençal white wine at its best.

Dom. Bunan 2012 Moulin des Costes Bandol Rouge

One of the special pleasures of working with Bunan is that they are in no hurry to release new vintages, preferring instead to offer their wines to the world when they have softened somewhat. 4 year-old Bandol is far from fully mature, but it does offer a seductively rich and potent brew of dark fruits and iron-tinged, faintly animal Mourvèdre character.

Dom. Bunan 2012 Moulin des Costes Bandol Rouge[12/375 or 12/750]

One of the special pleasures of working with Bunan is that they are in no hurry to release new vintages, preferring instead to offer their wines to the world when they have softened somewhat. Four-year- old Bandol is far from fully mature, but it does offer a seductively rich and potent brew of dark fruits and iron-tinged, faintly animal Mourvèdre character.

Dom. Bunan 2013 Moulin des Costes Bandol Rouge

(Mourvèdre, Grenache, Syrah)  One of the special pleasures of working with Bunan is that they are in no hurry to release new vintages, preferring instead to offer their wines to the world when they have softened somewhat. 4 year-old Bandol is far from fully mature, but it does offer a seductively rich and potent brew of dark fruits and iron-tinged, faintly animal Mourvèdre character.

Dom. Bunan 2015 “Vin de Pierre”

Bunans have decided to blend the traditional Mourvèdre with 50% Syrah to excellent effect. The familiar Bandol nuances found in the 2010 above are now surmounted with the pretty lavendery tones of Syrah. A well-endowed wine that promises to give pleasure for several years.

Dom. Bunan 2015 Belouve (Cotes de Provence Rouge – Kosher)

Now that Cabernet Sauvignon has been eliminated from the vineyard, Bunan has chosen to re-name its Kosher red after the estate where it is grown, on the Bandol borders. A heady, spicy wine full of southern warmth and generosity. This is both exemplary Bandol and extraordinary kosher wine!

Dom. Bunan 2016 Ch. La Rouviere Bandol Rosé

What makes Bandol Rosé arguably the world’s best is the unique contribution of Mourvèdre, without which it would merely be good Provençal wine. The high proportion here lends this beauty a firmness and definition that gives beautiful shape to the delicious fruit. This is pink wine for the table par excellence.

Dom. Bunan 2016 Moulin Des Costes Bandol Rosé (kosher)

(30% Mourvèdre, 35% Cinsault,  35% Grenache)  What makes Bandol Rosé arguably the world’s best is the unique contribution of Mourvèdre, without which it would merely be good Provençal wine. The high proportion here lends this beauty a firmness and definition that gives beautiful shape to the delicious fruit. This is pink wine for the table par excellence.