1998 Domaine Tempier Bandol Cuvée Spéciale La Tourtine

Mourvedre Blend

  • France
  • Provence
  • Bandol

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Community Tasting Note

  • wineamateur Likes this wine: 94 points

    January 28, 2018 - The last of a case, and drunk with La Migoua of the same vintage, also the last of a case. La Tourtine has a higher percentage of Mourvedre (maybe 80%) and about about 10% each of Cinsault and Grenache, plus a dash of Syrah. This was lighter in colour, red fading to orange with a hint of brown, and initially more reticent on the nose. Like the Migoua, it evolved massively over several hours, and more than once I was questioning whether I'd poured the wrong wine into the wrong glass. (I hadn't.) Ultimately, I preferred the precision in the Tourtine, its fresheness and its subtle blend of black cherry, frangipani, citric peel, and apples maybe just turning to cider. One could very easily have called it as a Barolo. These impressions on the nose translated very nicely onto the palate, and there was just the right amount of acidity to sear the flavours into the memory. Such a great privilege to try these two cuvees side by side in their 20th year.

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  • redders commented:

    1/29/18, 4:39 AM - Great note. I still have a few left

  • wineamateur commented:

    1/29/18, 1:20 PM - Excellent, I'll be round yours in 10 mins...

    Actually, I am still smarting from having missed your Tempier tasting last year.

    By the way: Happy New Year!

  • redders commented:

    1/29/18, 3:29 PM - And to you. Hope to see you in Feb.
    Shame you missed the Tempier last year . It was excellent. The Cabassaou is a real monster in all the years. The 1990 is still massive.

  • violistus commented:

    2/1/18, 9:26 PM - Lucky duck! Thanks for the fine notes. I so wish I had a case of these...! I don't know where the Tempier tasting that's mentioned was, but I'd love to go in on a Tempier tasting in NYC sometime!!

  • wineamateur commented:

    2/1/18, 11:25 PM - Thanks Violistus. Redders and I are members of the same wine tasting club in South West England and he led our Tempier tasting last year. He's long been a huge fan of the wines. Being in a club is a great way of getting to taste great wines that one doesn't have in one's own cellar

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