>> Tuesday, February 22, 2005
INAO has defined (somewhat) new rules for Bandol.
- Manual harvest is compulsory
- Enriching or concentration of the must is not permitted (reverse osmosis, cryo-extraction…)
- minimum 18 months in barrel for the reds
- Grape varieties as follows...
- Main grape varieties: Mourvedre, Grenache Noir, Cinsault. Mourvedre. Must make up between 50% and 95% of the total
- Other permitted grape varieties: Carignan, Syrah. Can represent up to 20%, each one not exceeding 10%
- Main grape varieties: Mourvedre Noir, Grenache Noir, Cincault Noir. Mourvedre at least 10% from 2011 (20% from 2014) and a maximum of 95%
- Other permitted grape varieties: Bourboulenc Blanc, Carignan Noir, Clairette blanc, Syrah Noir, Ugni Blanc. Max 10% for each, max 20% in total.
- Main grape varieties: Bourboulenc, Clairette, Ugni Blanc. Clairette minimum 20% from 2008, min 50% from 2011. In total these varieties must represent at least 60% (80% from 2011).
- Other permitted grape varieties: Marsanne, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Vermention (=Rolle). The same 10/20% rule as above (withe the exception of Sauvignon B that can represent a bigger proportion until 2011).