2012 Cuvée Tourtine Domaine Tempier
Well-packed but very fresh in feel, with a violet edge to the core of currant and plum fruit. Singed rosemary and licorice snap notes underscore the finish. Drinking range: 2016 - 2026 Rating: 93-93 L&S (Jul 2015)
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My favorite of the 2012s was the 2012 Bandol La Tourtine, which has the most depth, concentration and structure of all of the wines. Dark fruits, plums, crushed rock and hints of violets all emerge from this full-bodied, gorgeously layered and concentrated 2012; it has ripe, sweet tannin, a big mid-palate, and the class and balance to keep for 15-20 years. Drinking range: 2016 - 2036 Rating: 94-94 Jeb Dunnuck - www.robertparker.com (Jun 2016)
Very aromatic and fine and perfumed. Real essence of liquorice, line and luscious. Tannins fading nicely. Really succulent. Drinking range: 2016 - 2030 Rating: 17.5 Jancis Robinson MW OBE - www.JancisRobinson.com (Sep 2015)
Domaine Tempier is an old family estate, owned by the Peyrauds since Lucien Peyraud married Lucie Tempier in 1834. 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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