Opened one of my last remaining bottles this evening, and it's still drinking beautifully. Sure, it's not a crisp, fresh, punch you in the front-of-the mouth powerful bowl of summer fruit type of rose at this sort of maturity. But it had a great fruit/ acidity balance and some real complexity on the nose and palate. Appropriately for its age, the summer fruit was leaning towards the autumn - hints of apple, cherry and melon. I wonder how many other producers could create a rose that matures - and quite literally seasons - so well as this. Stunning.
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(Domaine Tempier Bandol Rosť) This is 50% Mourvèdre, the rest Cinsault, Grenache and Carignan. It also occasionally includes some Syrah, although not in the 2007 vintage. It has an appealing pale onionskin colour. The nose is vibrant, full of peach and other stone fruits, with light touches of redcurrant and fresh, green leaves. The palate is similarly lively, very harmonious, with a crisp and tingling acidity and a lovely vinosity to it. Quite firm, integrated and certainly deliciously dry. Very, very good indeed.
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