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Date Printed: 9/1/2014
Domaine Tempier La Cabassaou Bandol 2006
Domaine Tempier La Cabassaou Bandol 2006
(search item no. 99884)
collectible wine
boutique wine

Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
PRICE ON 9/1/2014: $89.00

Winemaker's Notes:

This terroir lies in the lower area of La Tourtine. The terroir is small, with particular features: first it is sheltered by the hill from the Mistral wind and it gets a light breeze that goes up along the narrow terraced slope; then it faces south, south-west which gives it maximum sun exposure.

These exceptional conditions allow the Mourvèdre vines - 95% in that area- to reach an ideal maturity. The low yield makes it a rare wine.

This vigorous and powerful wine with its dense tannin is often a revelation to the lucky few who taste it. It is a reference.

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.