Party-Sized Provençal: A White Wine for Spring

Bandol Blanc from Château de PibarnonWe’re welcoming the first sunny weeks of spring with magnums of elegant white wine from Provence. This minuscule production Bandol Blanc from Château de Pibarnon is a blend of mostly Clairette and Bourboulenc with some Roussanne, Ugni Blanc and small amounts of other white grapes including Viognier. Wonderfully aromatic with pear, peach and acacia flower aromas, it’s dry and fairly rich on the palate with more peachy-apricot fruit and a bit of salty spice. This lovely wine really lingers with a long, smooth finish.

The bad news is we only received six bottles of this luscious stuff. The good news is the bottles are huge! There are 10 glasses worth of wine in each bottle, making it a great choice for a beach weekend or an al fresco dinner party. As an aperitif, pair with fresh goat milk cheeses and classic Provençal snacks like anchöade or vegetables with aïoli. For a main course, pair with white fish, crab or shrimp dishes or simple grilled chicken drizzled with extra virgin Provençal olive oil like Jean-Marie Cornille or Nicholas Alziari. We also have magnums of Château de Pibarnon’s rosé and regular-sized bottles of their wonderful old-school red Bandol.

If you’re interested in a magnum-sized bottle of Château de Pibarnon’s lovely white, please give us a call at our South End location at (617) 350-6996 or send me an email and we’ll set one aside for you. Cheers!

Julie Cappellano is the General Manager and wine buyer at Formaggio Kitchen South End, Boston.