Originally Posted by iammatt
Edit: I'm not sure whether Bandols are gamy from brett or from the mourvedre grape, but gaminess is what distinguishes them from almost every other appellation. Some CdPs have it, but not many these days, as the wine super scientists continue to remove character from traditional wines. Of course, too much is too much, but some of the most memorable wines I have experienced were the very bretty Beaucastels from the late 80s and early 90s.
Bottom line is, if you don't like barnyard/funk/gamy, avoid Bandol like the plague.
My understanding is it's from the Mourvedre grape too, in this particular case.
Brett is/can be a cause, no doubt, and it's certainly not something Old World wines seem to worry about, vs. New World that try to stamp it out like the plague. As someone that came to wine through the Left Coast and Oz, it's distinctive and at some levels, not always welcomed.
Last year, Peay Winery, which structures their Pinots and Syrahs rather Old World in nature, recalled one of their Pinots for possible brett. To my understanding, New World relies much more on pure culture innoculation vs. Old World, which is often not even innoculated and they just leave the vats open to collect the native yeast in their vinnification room/cellar/barn, etc.