This is one of the best Bandols I have had. Perfect balance, great earthiness with a hint of funkiness. Long finish, the right tannins and acid to equate to a wine in equilibrium. Great richness,but not too much. This wine will age for a long time and perhaps improve picking up even more complexity. Spectacular.
Second of a bottle of six. Very Mourvèdre in its dark earthiness in nose and mouth. Still quite a bit of acidity, medium-weight with some sweetness from fruit, plenty of tannin. Outstanding, possibly even great, bottle down the road, but patience is required. Drink 2018-2038+.
Of the three special cuvees of Tempier this is the most youthful one, but not the best at this moment. There is pleasant barnyard in the bouquet together with spices and pleasant freshness. On the palate full bodied with still a bit unfriendly tannin and soft, drying bitterness in the finish. A complete, complex and firm wine. I will score the wine for the pleasure of the moment, but in the long run it might gain one or two points and will show that this was the best 2000 that was made.
Tempier Tasting @ Joost B. (Netherlands): One combined impression of 3 wines. This was a great flight which showed us the differences between these three cuvees in a wonderful way. Migoua is the graceful one, the most feminine wine. Still very convincing and strong. Cabassaou has more Mourvedre and therefore is more rustic, stubborn and unforgiving, warranting cellar time. For me, Tourtine is the golden mean. This is all about balance, combining nobility and the countryside. Like a horse stable.
Youthful appearance with opaque, ruby core, pale narrow ruby rim. Intense, complex nose showing ripe blackcurrant and bilberry fruit, meaty notes. Notes of chococlate and decay. Rich but also fresh. Full bodied on the palate, lovely ripe, pure, juicy black fruit on initial attack, meaty, chocolate and rich earth notes, very deep and long on the mid-palate with still slightly chewy but fine and ripe tannins, a burst of fresh acidity carrying a long, juicy, black-fruited finish with a touch of firmness right at the tail end. Exceptional Bandol, certainly big but balanced and complex. Drinking now but absolutely no hurry.
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