Took a few hours to open up - was a little rough and disjointed at first. After three hours, lovely, elegant and open. Burgundian in body and weight but still very Bandol - saddle leather, garrique and brambly red fruit. Neither old or young - in a nice in-between place.
Tasted earlier today at chez Berard in la Cadiere D'Azur in sight of le Castellet and the La Tourtine vineyard where the fruit in this wine slumbered 16 summers ago. Sommelier popped and poured. Deep garnet color with an immediate waft of cherries, plums, leather, damp earth and lavender which only grew over the course of a 2 plus hour meal. Absolutely stunning on the palette, open and generous with fruit, solid tannins and a pleasing dash of acidity -- along with a voluptuous finish. Eclipsed any Bordeaux or Napa cab I've ever had. Had the silky, perfumed quality of a great Burgundy but with a brooding undercurrent that whispered "Mourvèdre". We had a half bottle of the 2002 - shut down completely and nowhere near ready (not a fair comparison!). This one outperformed even the '01 la Tourtine which is one of my all time favorite wines. We are changing our travel plans to allow for one more meal and tasting on Thursday before returning to NY. Well-nigh perfect.
Surprisingly elegant. At first, the nose was lacking clarity, unfocused and we even thought there was a slight TCA note. After 30mn, it totally change and started to emerge from its awkwardness. Very elegant, Burgundian in style. Earthy, leather with cherry notes and other red fruits. Hint of herbs. Fine minerality. Not for the long term ageing but vey nice.
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(Domaine Tempier Bandol La Tourtine) This is a quite remarkable wine. It has a fine, dark hue in the glass, although there is maturity here too, a deep oxblood tone which is very evident just at the rim. The nose, however, is just beautiful, showing a fresh, clean and well-defined character which fails to betray this wine's ten years of age. It has a fine, perfumed, violet bouquet, with a charcoaly, stony, mineral edge, but also deep, rich and ripe mature fruit. It seems savoury, elegant, pure and crystalline all in the same breath. I find it quite captivating, certainly enticing at the very least, The palate has a fine and fresh character which reflects that found on the nose, with a pure seam of ripe, coaly tannin, with perfumed fruit. Fresh, firm, sinewy in its substance, pure and also elegant, this has a really fabulous style and I suspect it will go for years in the cellar yet, improving with time. But it is superbly approachable, and certainly delicious, right now.
(Domaine Tempier Bandol La Tourtine) A garnet-red hue. initially quite dumb on the nose, but soon opening out to offer up aromas of singed hair and black cherries. An initially light, almost ethereal mouthfeel soon gives way to something more weighty. There's plenty of fruit, firm acidity and ripe tannins, balanced and set for further development. This one needs a good five to seven years before it will be ready. Nevertheless, it shows its breeding now.