More sweet, voluptuous and rounded (especially when compared to the fresh, lively 2013), the 2012 Bandol La Migoua offers lots of spice and garrigue intermixed with olive tapenade, peppery and sweet dark fruits. Medium to full-bodied, layered and nicely concentrated, it’s another 2012 that has the texture and fruit to offer tons of pleasure today, yet the balance and concentration to evolve for another decade. Drinking range: 2016 - 2026 Rating: 92-92 Jeb Dunnuck - www.robertparker.com (Jun 2016)
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Deep crimson with a shocking pink rim. Lifted, vivacious nose. Lighter weight than the other cuvées but very charming. Racy with fine tannins fast fading. Redcurrant fruit. Drinking range: 2015 - 2025 Rating: 16.5 Jancis Robinson MW OBE - www.JancisRobinson.com (Sep 2015)
Offers a grippy, tarry feel, with blackberry and plum compote flavors at the core, lined with lots of dried anise and fruitcake notes. Pretty violet and lavender details fill in on the finish, with a serious bolt of iron pinning everything down. Will need time to stretch out fully. Best from 2016 through 2026.— Drinking range: 2016 - 2026 Rating: 93-93 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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