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Domaine Tempier Bandol Rouge - Provence

Domaine Tempier Bandol Rouge 2018 - Provence

Vintage: 2018 | Type: Reds | Producer: Domaine Tempier
Region: France
Blend: 75% Mourvedre, 14% Grenache, 9% Cinsault, 2% Carignan
Alc: 14.5%
Closure: Cork
Bottle size: 750 ml

$76.50: as part of any six
$85.00: single bottle
$459.00: per case of 6

At Domaine Tempier grapes from our different vineyards are skillfully blended to create this wine, made up of between 70 and 75% Mourvedre (depending on the year) combined with Grenache, Cinsault and a hint (2%) of old Carignan. This fruity, well balanced wine can be enjoyed after 3 or 4 years, but develops extremely pleasant tertiary aromas (leather, animal and undergrowth) with further ageing. The wine’s balance gives it an ageing potential of 15 years or more.  

The Cuvée Classique blend combines grapes from the estate’s different terroirs. In the area known as ‘Le Petit Moulin de la Cadière’, named after its windmill, the vines grow on south-facing terraces stretching out over hilly terrain. The soil in this part of the vineyard is characterised by the presence of fossilised seashells (85 million year old bivalve molluscs). Clay is found to varying depths throughout the estate’s soil and, although the clay is quite dense, alluvial layers comprised of silt-sand sediment deposits are also present. One might think these looser layers in the soil would have little influence on the wine, but in fact they provide excellent drainage which helps to produce very refined wines.

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Our notes

Brooding and deep, with firm tannins that seem at this early stage to still mask the underlying savoury beautiful fruit that will emerge slowly and fan out with bottle age. With a decant it is gorgeous to drink even now, but with another 10 - 15 years hiding in a dark cellar, this incredibly famous Bandol will smell and taste like fine Burgundy. 
 

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Producers notes

Domaine Tempier is an old family estate, owned by the Peyrauds since Lucien Peyraud married Lucie Tempier in 1936. The family was largely instrumental in getting the appellation of Bandol established in 1941. The reds are the quintessential expression of Mourvèdre, grown on terraced vineyards on steep hills around the 'plan du Castellet'.

Traditional vinification using indigenous yeasts, the wines are aged in a variety of different sized oak (25 to 75hl) for between 18 and 20 months. These are wines which are capable of long ageing, but even young they have a finesse of fruit and earthy flavour, coupled with fine-grained tannins, which lift them above the generality of Provençal reds.

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