Here is the famous Domaine de Terrebrune, a superb property in the Provence vineyards. Find all the best references of this prestigious domain on Comptoir des Millésimes. This is one of our partner estates, which means that their wines are shipped directly to our cellar following their bottling in their estate. The winemakers reserve an allocation of their cases of wine for us each year. So don't hesitate to create an email alert (in the section my Alerts ) on the Domaine de Terrebrune in order to be informed first of the latest arrivals.
Reynald's Bandols are different from those produced by his father. They have a more ethereal quality, a real freshness - and with Mourvèdre making up 85% of the final blend, that's high praise indeed. Soil, climate and winemaking all play a role. Limestone dominates the subsoil of Bandol, with huge variations between vineyards. On the thirty hectares of Terrebrune, underneath the layers of clay and earth, the blue, fissured Triassic limestone is silently at work. This parent rock gives the wine a more pronounced minerality than others. The soil here is healthy and full of nutrients, as it adheres to organic farming practices; to achieve balance in the vineyards, it plows regularly. Gentle sea breezes bring air directly from the Mediterranean into the vineyards, cooling the grapes from the bright sun - another factor in keeping them fresh. This translates into long-lasting, great-keeping wines, especially the rosé and dry white. Reynald's credo, "Philosophy, Rigor and Respect", is not a slogan. He is convinced that the hard work and attention to the vines is worth it and, as they say, the proof is in the pudding - a glass of Terrebrune!
Before acquiring vineyards, Georges Delille trained as a sommelier in Paris. In 1963, he purchased what would become Domaine de Terrebrune, a property in Ollioules, just east of Bandol, framed by the Mediterranean and the mountain called Gros-Cerveau, dotted with olive groves and panoramic views - an idyllic location. In the years following the declaration of the Bandol A.O.C. (1941), massive vineyard remodels and rebuilds were commonplace, and winemakers were eager to revive the noble Mourvèdre. Georges spent ten years renovating the property; he terraced the hillsides, redid the masonry, replanted vineyards following the advice of Lucien Peyraud, designated soils to be mothballed and regenerated, and built a new winery. In 1980, his son Reynald joined him after finishing viticulture school, and together they launched their first bottled vintage of Domaine de Terrebrune, which Reynald named after the rich, brown soils they farm.