Tempier, Cuvée Classique Bandol Rouge 750ml 2016France, Bandol
Owned by the Tempier family since 1834, the Domaine won its first gold medal in 1885 due to the drive and hard work of Lucie’s great-grandmother, Léonie, who had the first winery built. Located in the heart of the Bandol appellation, Domaine Tempier’s 38 hectares are spread over several parcels facing the sea on steep, sun-drenched slopes.
Domaine Tempier is one of the few mid-19th-century family-run wine estates that has stayed true to its past. Here they live as they always have done: according to the rhythm of the seasons, the work in the vineyards and the harvests.
Alongside the famous Tempier Bandol Rosé which sells out every year upon release, Mourvèdre finds its truest expression in the rare and long-aging Bandol Rouges. Wine Cellar tasted Tempier’s Cuvée Classique Bandol Rouge 2016 last week and it was fantastic! The darkest of fruits, a stone-like coolness to the wine with a savoury dried-herb edge and Cornas-like tannins. This wine will age phenomenally over the next few decades.
'A deep Ruby colour. Aromas of dark fruit. Intense smooth tannins. After 5 or 6 years of ageing, the wine will develop notes of leather, forest-floor and small red fruit.' – Winemaker
At Domaine Tempier grapes from our different vineyards are skillfully blended to create this wine, made up of between 70 and 75% Mourvedre (depending on the year) combined with Grenache, Cinsault and a hint (2%) of old Carignan. This fruity, well balanced wine can be enjoyed after 3 or 4 years, but develops extremely pleasant tertiary aromas (leather, animal and undergrowth) with further ageing. The wine’s balance gives it an ageing potential of 15 years or more.
The Cuvée Classique blend combines grapes from the estate’s different terroirs. In the area known as ‘Le Petit Moulin de la Cadière’, named after its windmill, the vines grow on south-facing terraces stretching out over hilly terrain. The soil in this part of the vineyard is characterised by the presence of fossilised seashells (85 million year old bivalve molluscs). Clay is found to varying depths throughout the estate’s soil and, although the clay is quite dense, alluvial layers comprised of silt-sand sediment deposits are also present. One might think these looser layers in the soil would have little influence on the wine, but in fact they provide excellent drainage which helps to produce very refined wines.
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