Bought 3 X bottles from a fairly shady auction and cracked this to see if I should weep at my own idiocy. Cork broke in half (note to self: this tends to happen with older Tempiers) but I managed to get it out. Cloudy upon hitting the glass, not a good sign. Sediment in even the first glass. Restrained aromas, no sign of heat upon first sip -- which seemed flat, and then really bad. Like: vinegar bad. However I had the same thing happen with an '81, so I let it sit an hour. Ah, there we go. No formal notes, as this was consumed with a bunch of friends and strangers over the course of a fundraiser, but it was neither magnificent nor a disaster -- went from "not offensive" to "say, this is pretty good." Better notes next time, I promise. I have zero idea how this was stored, but the fill was just into the neck. Obviously still has some time left on it.
This bottle was extremely understated. Components thoroughly integrated still solid structure and decent length. Unfortunately bottle just seemed muted on the palate both from lack of texture and secondary flavors. Could be just age of this bottle although I have had much better, much older bottles of mouvedre. Anyway was enjoyable with lamb chops but not up to typical Tempier performance.
Decanted for 3 hours. Dense cherry red. In the nose lots of leather, juniper berries, dark cherry. In the mouth, there's leather again, the tannins are still quite tight despite the longish decant, also the acidity is marked. Nonetheless, this is fine and transparent in nature. Slightly brittle tannins in the long finish. This is good, but it still seems quite young.
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