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Date Printed: 7/11/2014
Domaine Tempier La Tourtine Bandol Rouge 2006
Domaine Tempier La Tourtine Bandol Rouge 2006
(search item no. 99885)
collectible wine
boutique wine

Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 7/11/2014: $59.99

Winemaker's Notes:

This terroir lies close to Le Castellet village on the top of the hillside (170 meters altitude). The rather homogeneous clay and chalk terroir lies on 100-million year old Santonien.

There the Mourvèdre grape expresses itself fully. It gives tannin, fruity and powerful wines. It contains 70-80% of the Mourvèdre grape depending on the year. La Tourtine site is often swept by the Mistral wind and is particularly well exposed to the sun.

Thus it produces a great wine that ages well even after 10 or 15 years and keeps its red berry and spice aromas.

My Notes:

About Domaine Tempier :

Bandol is a small appellation on the Mediterranean, granted AOC status in 1941. For centuries it has produced some of the longest-lived wines in France, using primarily the Mourvedre grape. Wines from this region have unique aromatic properties which many claim come from the dry Provencal herbs which cover the hillsides: thyme, savory, rosemary, wild mint and fennel.

Domaine Tempier's rose, considered to by many to be the finest in France, is fuller and creamier on the palate and shows dimensions not often found in rose. Perhaps the addition of young Mourvedre is responsible, or the Peyraud's allowance for the wine to follow its natural inclination and complete malolactic fermentation.