2009 Domaine Tempier Bandol Blanc

SKU #1059722

White Bandol is the exception, accounting for just 5% of this famous, and beautiful appellation. It's a blend of some of Southern France's most esteemed white varietals, namely Clairette, Ugni Blanc and Grenache Blanc, grown on terraced, low-yielding vineyards on clay- and limestone-rich soil. What this means to you is that Bandol blanc is good, really good, and interesting, too, showing depth, glycerin-like body and a beguiling herby/garrigue quality that marries wonderfully with whole fish stuffed with rosemary and thyme. And this particular Bandol blanc is from Tempier, the region's top producer. Drink now, or put it away in your cellar for a spectacular white with tons of character over the short and medium term.

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- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.


- 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.