Domaine du Gros' NorÉ
Gros' Noré produces Mourvèdre, Grenache, and Cinsault wines in the Bandol region of France. In 1997 after his father’s death, Alain officially started Domaine du Gros' Noré, a real shift that has brought him more than just casual notice. Alain is already a leading contender in Bandol, the appellation regarded as the grand cru of Provence. He farms sixteen hectares of vineyards with the help of his brother, Guy, on the rolling hillsides around La Cadière d’Azur. The vineyards are composed of both clay and limestone, imparting a pronounced structure of earthy, splintered rock. This microclimate near the Mediterranean brings warm weather and full sun, tempered by the persistent Mistral. Alain leaves his grapes to mature fully on the vine, lending great intensity to the fruit. Where appellation law demands that each blend includes at least 50 percent Mourvèdre, Alain uses 80 percent—a choice that gives more power and concentration to the final assemblage. Do not be fooled by the strength and boldness of the Gros' Noré Bandol, though; underneath a big exterior is a wine of character, depth, complexity, soul, and finesse.