Don’s February Collectors Series Top Pick

Domaine-Bunan-Moulin-des-Costes-Bandol-BottleFebruary’s Collector Series Top Pick gives me as many palpitations as February’s Premier Series Top Pick.  How do I choose just one wine and not feel like I deserve to be tried for treason?  I could honestly claim that, “I was just following orders,” but that would carry no vindication.  Plainly stated, Jacques Girardin is one of Burgundy’s top winemakers, and his 2012 Terrasses de Bievaux Santenay is a delicious white Burgundy and another personal favorite.  Losada’s Altos de Losada’s Bierzo Mencia ranks as the finest Mencia I have tasted in a long time and will likely evolve into one of the region’s true classics.  Nevertheless, neither wine will be able to lay claim to this month’s Top Pick.  Why?  I have always been enamored of the wines of Bandol, and for many years, I have searched for a Bandol that reflects the greatness of the Mourvèdre varietal, offers all the charm of Provence, and is able to be enjoyed relatively young.  Enter Domaine Bunan’s 2011 Moulin des Costes Bandol, a wine that embodies the strength and vigor of Mourvèdre while capturing all the warmth and vitality of Provence.  The 2011 Domaine Bunan Moulin des Costes is a wine that enlivens the senses and wards off the chill of a cold winter’s night.  For these reasons it gets my vote  as this month’s Top Pick.  Try this rare, unique Bandol, and enjoy!