Medium dark red, some cloudiness. Aromas of woodiness, horse stall, roast beef, cherry. Smooth tannin, medium acidity. A touch of brett, more bothersome in the mouth than in the aromatics, interferes with appreciation of the main attractions: cherry fruit and leathery, meaty flavor. Finishes rather acidic. Bottle #3 of three.
Clear bright red colour. Quite funky and barnyardy on the nose, a fair amount of brett as well as the Mourvedre meatiness and red fruit. Despite the brett it's quite pleasant to drink with red fruits over leathery and herbal nuances showing beneath all the funk. Good acidity and a medium length finish.
Ruby red color with a slight pinkish/orange hue to the rim. Wonderful aromas of worn leather, warm earth, herbs, cherries and just a slight barnyardy edge. This bottle was much more civilized than many other Tempiers I have tasted. On the palate it had all the same characteristics as on the nose, and the tannins are integrated to the point that I found it perfect drinking now. There's just enough structure to hold it together, while being supple enough that every sip invites the next. Absolutely delicious, and another indication that a fine producer can do great things in a less than great vintage.
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(Domaine Tempier Bandol La Tourtine) Age evident here. Very, err, distinctive nose. Sewage. Reminds me of crab hunting as a kid - you always threw back the green ones. Smouldering embers too. Some meaty notes. Some Mourvèdre character here, for sure. Creamy palate; lovely, despite the nose, with just warm ember notes. Alcohol showing a little, but integrated tannins. Incredible development since last tasted in 2002, so some bottle variation perhaps? Ready now.
(Domaine Tempier Bandol La Tourtine) A moderately deep garnet-red, fading to a pink rim. Initially quite gamey and sweaty on the nose, perhaps a touch of bottle-stink. This passes, leaving chewy, macerated fruit. Medium bodied, with more than a touch of spice immediately apparent on entry. A delightful texture, with a savoury roast game flavour. The spice builds through the palate. Tannins are well on the way to integration, and there is correct acidity. Although very enjoyable, and beginning to drink very nicely, this still needs a year or two in bottle to hit its peak.
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