Always a wine worth seeking out, the 2012 Bandol Cuvee Classique sports a mostly opaque ruby color to go with sexy, forward notes of spice-box, black raspberries, kirsch and cured meats. Medium-bodied, rounded and downright hard to resist, drink it anytime over the coming decade Drinking range: 2016 - 2026 Rating: 91-91 Jeb Dunnuck - www.robertparker.com (Jun 2016)
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Middle-aged developing nose with lots of salt and tar. Good balance and vigour. Good classic stuff. Drinking range: 2017 - 2027 Rating: 16.5 Jancis Robinson MW OBE - www.JancisRobinson.com (Sep 2015)
Tightly coiled, with an iron note around the core of red currant, raspberry and damson plum fruit. Lovely bay, alder and lavender details pervade the finish. Drinking range: 2018 - 2026 Rating: 92-92 James Molesworth, The Wine Spectator (Jul 2015)
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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