2009 Domaine Tempier Bandol
This is focused on its graphite and slate flavors, with crisp accents of dried raspberry and cherry in the background. Cream and cocoa powder notes linger on the refined finish, supported by medium-grained tannins. Drink now through 2018. (KM)
Whether it is the cult following they have established through their refreshing, age-worthy rosé (once praised by Robert Parker as the greatest rosé in the world), their Bandol Blanc, or the distinctive cuvées of Bandol rouge, the wines of Domaine Tempier stand as the proud benchmark when talking about Provençal wines. Through their passion, pioneering, and advocacy for Bandol, the Peyrauds have become legendary. If any wine can be said to have soul, it's Tempier. This Mourvedre-based rouge comes from vines averaging 35+ years. All grapes are harvested by hand. After de-stemming, grapes are fermented with natural yeast and vinified for two to three weeks in stainless steel. After maceration is finished and must is pressed, the wine is moved to oak foudres for malolactic fermentation for 18 to 20 months. Bottled unfined and unfiltered. 13.5% ABV.