2012 Domaine Tempier "La Tourtine" Bandol

SKU #1265550 94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 My favorite of the 2012s was the 2012 Bandol La Tourtine, which has the most depth, concentration and structure of all of the wines. Dark fruits, plums, crushed rock and hints of violets all emerge from this full-bodied, gorgeously layered and concentrated 2012; it has ripe, sweet tannin, a big mid-palate, and the class and balance to keep for 15-20 years. (JD)  (6/2016)

93 points Wine Spectator

 Well-packed but very fresh in feel, with a violet edge to the core of currant and plum fruit. Singed rosemary and licorice snap notes underscore the finish. This has serious grip but the integration is marvelous. Deceptively approachable, but will reward cellaring. Best from 2016 through 2026. 200 cases imported. (JM)  (10/2015)

Jancis Robinson

 85% Mourvèdre, 10% Grenache, 5% Cinsault. Mid crimson with a hint of brick at the rim. So different from the 2014 classic blend, much more scented, still plenty of spice but much more red-fruited and smells as if there were some whole bunch. Then that chewy savoury richness is back on the palate, super-smooth but thickly textured. Very dark-fruited on the finish but also beautifully fresh. 17.5++/20 points (JH)  (12/2017)

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- Also called Monastrell and Mataro, Mourvèdre is most famous for the ruby-hued wines of Provence's Bandol region, known for their spicy, gamey, blackberry character, though the grape is grown throughout Provence and the Southern Rhône. Thought to have originated in Spain, it is second only to Grenache in vine acres, with the best examples found in Rioja, Alicante and Penedès.


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- Provence encompasses the southeastern portion of France that borders the Mediterranean. The largest appellation in the region is the Cotes de Provence that spans 49,600 acres of land in and around Marseilles. Thirteen different varietals are grown in this appellation with the most important grapes being Carignan, Cinsault, Grenache, and Mouvedre. While much of the production is dry rose, there are many more serious wines being made from the area. Some of the most important smaller appellations within Provence include Bandol, Coteaux d'Aix-en-Provence, and Coteaux Varois.