Bandol borders the Mediterranean Sea and Tour du Bon is tucked a half a mile away on the flank of one of the hills rising up from the village of Bandol. The terroir here is a clay-limestone mix with a red subsoil. Agnès Henry is the current winemaker and owner of Domaine de la Tour du Bon. Her parents bought the estate in 1968 and it took them two years to dig into the rocky earth and get vines planted. Agnès has been making the wines full time for the last 20 years. She is one of the original winemakers in the “natural” movement, although, she does not advertise this info at all. When asked about it she says that she isn’t interested in being a missionary or spokesperson for the natural movement. She practices organic agriculture and is hands off on the cellar because it makes the best wines (period). She’s not certified because it’s too much paperwork. They hand harvest, use indigenous yeasts and don’t fine or filter. The final expression is traditional and unmanipulated wines that truly express Bandol’s unique terroir.
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