2013 Domaine Tempier "Cabassaou" Bandol

SKU #1276938 94 points Wine Spectator

 This has a dense core of steeped raspberry and blackberry fruit, backed by anise, violet and iron notes that add cut and drive on the finish. A lovely echo of incense hangs in the background. Very long. Best from 2018 through 2030. (JM, Web Only-2016)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 My favorite of the 2013s, and I think the wine of the vintage, is the 2013 Bandol Rouge Cuvee Cabassaou. It offers beautifully complex aromas and flavors of black raspberries, graphite, plums and Provencal herbs to go with surprising depth, richness and texture on the palate. While the 2013s are generally more mid-weight, this beauty has tons of texture and charm, all while still showing the cooler, pure, elegant style of the vintage perfectly. Give bottles 2-4 years of cellaring and enjoy through 2033. (JD)  (6/2016)

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