Dark red color with lots of sediment. Dark, spicy and concentrated nose. Plums, vanilla, leather, pepper, cherry. Somewhat rough without food, and more rounded with. Will still last some time, but probably not improve more. Good glass and not complicated. Rather short aftertaste.
Garnet with brick at the edge; perfume of plum, raisin, leather, a little rosemary/herbes de provence. Lovely raisin, plum, black cherry, tar on the palate. Concentrated and integrated--no rough edges. Most enjoyable with dinner (steak with aioli--really nice with the garlic); still very good, but not quite as enjoyable, by itself, at least in my opinion (for me, Mourvèdre can have a touch of bitterness that evens out with food).
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(Domaine Tempier Bandol Cuvée Classique) Still showing a fabulously deep colour - the ability of Mourvèdre to resist oxidation and the pallor that comes with age never ceases to amaze me. The nose is feral and meaty, with a little high-toned volatility which blows off quite quickly leaving notes of roasted meats with a sweet, caramelised crust. Lovely substance on the palate, still showing quite firm tannins through the midpalate and finish, but with a better integration than I have noted before, so this wine seems to be coming together despite my concerns about the tannins previously expressed. There is still a little disjointed quality to it though, and a rather disparate waft of spirit. Still no hurry here, although I don't think I have any of these half bottles left.
(Domaine Tempier Bandol Cuvée Classique) From a half bottle. Still holding its own on the colour front, although there is a little pink-orange tinge coming in from the edge. Very developed nose, one year on from my last tasting; profoundly savage and funky, with fur and cinnamon-dusted meat, and macerated cherry fruit. Still shows an appealing texture and concentration on the palate, but underneath it is bone dry, although to be honest with slightly awkward tannins at the end of the palate. Good acidity, very fresh, with a very dry, spiced finish. Very good. Should continue to drink well, although I'm not sure on this tasting if those tannins aren't a little problematic, which I haven't really noted before; will the rest of the wine outlast them? Either way, fine for a few years yet.
(Domaine Tempier Bandol Cuvée Classique) From a half bottle. Dark and rather difficult this bottle, nevertheless another fine example of Tempier. Meaty and tarry on the nose, with notes of roasted dark cherries. Full, sweet fruit on the palate, nice grippy style, with decent acidity. Quite a firm finish. Richly textured, and some coffee notes at the end. Seems slightly plumper than my last tasting, slightly more slutty. Still very drinkable though!
(Domaine Tempier Bandol Cuvée Classique) From a half bottle. Showing a few pieces of crusty sediment. Great, deep colour. Very expressive nose, tarry and furry, with a gamey quality. Nice texture on entry, showing a little weight and lovely, balanced, although slightly creamy presence on the midpalate. Showing a nice amount of extract too. Somewhat firm on the endpalate, dominated by some coarse, rustic tannins. Short finish. Lovely, characterful wine which, despite the small format, should continue to improve over the next 2-3 years.
(Domaine Tempier Bandol Cuvée Classique) A pleasant deep red colour with just a tinge of purple. The wine is tightly wound and compact, giving nothing on the nose at first, save for a few animal fur notes of Mourvèdre. After hours and hours, however, the wine opens up to reveal a hard nose, with some grilled meats and a metallic edge. There's a suggestion of some black cherry, but it's barely a hint at first, although it builds into something more significant. The palate has a background of hard tannins, but there is sweetly textured roundness, and some black cherry fruit with rose petal nuances, although this plays second fiddle, especially towards the endpalate.