2013 Cuvée Cabassaou Domaine Tempier
This has a dense core of steeped raspberry and blackberry fruit, backed by anise, violet and iron notes that add cut and drive on the finish. A lovely echo of incense hangs in the background. Very long. Drinking range: 2018 - 2030 Rating: 94 James Molesworth, The Wine Spectator (Sep 2016)
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My favorite of the 2013s, and I think the wine of the vintage, is the 2013 Bandol Rouge Cuvee Cabassaou. It offers beautifully complex aromas and flavors of black raspberries, graphite, plums and Provencal herbs to go with surprising depth, richness and texture on the palate. While the 2013s are generally more mid-weight, this beauty has tons of texture and charm, all while still showing the cooler, pure, elegant style of the vintage perfectly. Give bottles 2-4 years of cellaring and enjoy through 2033. Drinking range: 2016 - 2033 Rating: 93-93 Jeb Dunnuck - www.robertparker.com (Jun 2016)
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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