In Provence, one is more likely to find rich, mouth-filling reds made by one of the locals rather than a boldly ethereal red made by a Burgundian. Since owners Benoit Cossé and Geoffroy Perousse hired the energetic Dijon native and Burgundian-trained Gérald Damidot to run their historic family estate in 2009, they have earned praise for their Bandols ever since. Domaine Dupuy de Lôme is idyllically situated outside the village of Sainte-Anne d’Evenos among pine trees, olive groves and 15 hectares of vineyards.
With mostly north-facing slopes, Dupuy de Lôme’s terroir offers an entirely unique expression of this classic cru’s terroir. Gérald converted the vineyards to organic farming and earned certification in 2013. Using a light Burgundian touch in the cellar, Gérald mostly de-stems (although not systematically), presses the grapes gently, and cold-macerates to preserve their liveliness. One sip of his pure, balanced, stony and graceful cuvees is enough to taste how depth differs from concentration.