The Domaine was created by Jean-Pierre Gaussen and his wife Julia in 1962. Located in the heart of the best land in Bandol on the hill between the Castellet and La Cadiere d’Azure. Starting with just over 1 ha, he purchased land piece by piece over the years, creating the vineyard and planting each vine himself, so that now the oldest part of the vineyard is reaching 50 years of age. The average age of the vines are about 30 years old. He also built his cellar and house. Gravity does most of the work in the cellar. It is located in a natural cave where the temperature is naturally cool. The style of wine produced by Gaussen is very traditional, but the cellar has all modern equipment which allows him to perfectly control the vinification process for all his wines..

Jean-Pierre is a very old school farmer who has always farmed without the use of pesticides or fertilizers. When asked about his thoughts on Organic and Biodynamic farming, his response is, “I don’t know the rules, I just farm the way I always have.”

Bandol Rouge Longue Garde 2011

95% Mourvèdre

5% Grenache

Low yields in 2007

Natural yeasts

100%destemmed

fermentations for about 15 days

18 months in foudres (custom made to fit the cellar dimensions that are from 2 to 12 years old)

Bandol Rosé 2016

1/3 Cinsault, 1/3 Grenache and 1/3 Mourvèdre Hand Picked in Mid September Cinsault and Grenache are direct pressing, Mourvèdre is obtained by saignée cold stabilization

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