Wine of the week: 2014 Domaine Tempier Bandol Rouge ‘Cuvée Classique’

Adored for their savoury, Mourvèdre-dominant wines which can be enjoyed young or carefully cellared, the once-a-year arrival of Domaine Tempier’s new releases is always a cause for celebration.

Per usual, this entry-level cuvée represents a blend of Mourvedre combined with Grenache, Cinsault and a hint Carignan sourced from across Tempier’s vineyards. Reflecting a cool and dry summer, the 2014 has a shade less richness than previous vintages while still displaying all the beautiful dark fruits and Provençal herbs we have come to love so much. Not normally ones to promote third party reviews, it’s hard not to quote Anthony Lynch (son of legendary author, importer and wine merchant Kermit Lynch) for his sage tasting note:

Sorry, fruit juice fans, but the nose is more earthy than fruit-driven, with hints of damp soil, mushroom, and thyme along with a touch of black cherry. It is simply delicious Bandol from a historic estate whose wines live up to its reputation year after year.

Bandol, $78
Available all stores in limited quantities

Price is valid for two weeks unless sold out prior

Also available:
2015 Domaine Tempier Bandol Blanc, $66
2015 Domaine Tempier Bandol Rosé, $66
2014 Domaine Tempier Bandol Rouge
‘Cuvée Classique’ Magnum, $156
2014 Domaine Tempier Bandol Rouge ‘La Migoua’, $118
2014 Domaine Tempier Bandol Rouge ‘La Tourtine’, $118