2005 Domaine Tempier "La Tourtine" Bandol

SKU #1035974 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Although the Migoua commands a higher price, in my opinion it is the Tourtine that represents Tempier's best cuvee. A wonderful, ebullient nose of blackberry, cherry, hedgerow and an almost savoury character. The palate has sublime balance and greater minerality than other cuvees; vigorous, utterly harmonious with a well-defined, wonderful poised finish. Outstanding. (NM)  (6/2007)

93 points Wine Spectator

 A dense, refined red from the south of France, with precise flavors of plum, cherry and mineral. There's also plenty of tobacco and spice, with an unctuous finish of kirsch and dark chocolate. (KM)  (6/2008)

91 points Jeb Dunnuck

 Young and primary with serious black cherry and blackberry fruit, loamy earth, leather and mineral aromas; the 2005 Domaine Tempier Bandol Cuvée Spéciale La Tourtine shows subtle brett notes and picks up a meaty, sauteed mushroom slant with air. The palate is medium to full bodied with beautiful fruit, solid structure and depth to the mid-palate and a medium to long finish. This has a nice core of acidity paired with rich fruit and plenty of fine grained tannins that show up on the finish.  (10/2008)

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