2016 Cuvée Tourtine Domaine Tempier
Located 170m above sea level the exposed vineyard benefits from plentiful sunshine and cooling mistral winds. The youthful Tourtine is a more serious version of the Classique. It shows a familiar nose of provencal garrigue and spicy dark fruit. The palate builds in complexity: Meat and wood mingle with black and blue fruits. Structured and powerful this will need time to develop. The early signs are very encouraging. Drinking range: 2024 - 2038 L&S (Sep 2019)
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Extremely savoury, wild and animal nose – pretty heady too. The palate is silky with mocha, sweet fruit and such silky tannins. A big wine but beautifully put together – wild and rugged with great structure – should age very nicely indeed. Drinking range: 2022 - 2035 Rating: 17 Alistair Cooper MW - www.JancisRobinson.com(Dec 2019)
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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