1998 Domaine Tempier Bandol Cuvée Spéciale La Tourtine

Mourvedre Blend

  • France
  • Provence
  • Bandol
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  • DougLee wrote: 93 points

    June 22, 2018 - Paired with grilled lamb loin chops after hiking the gorgeous California Coastal Trail from Lagoon Creek to Klamath Overlook. Garnet color with lightening at the edges. Nose of wild lavender, dark berry, currant, rosemary, deep earth. Freshness and vitality on the palate with layers of blackberry, plum, thyme, rocky earth, and hints of black cherry. Could almost taste the sunshine. Just the right amount of acidity and almost fully resolved tannin. Long finish of black juicy fruits on a frame of solid rock. Provence in a glass.

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  • 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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  • acidqueen wrote: 94 points

    November 12, 2017 - Medium red, no bricking. Still tannins to resolve. Medium body. Licorice, tobacco, herbs. Black fruit. Animal notes, which I like. It was very good, and easy to drink now, but I would hold for another 5 years to let the tannins continue to ease up.

  • Smooth Jazz wrote: 83 points

    March 31, 2016 - Never really got going

    Dumb nose initialy but a definite perceptible level of acetone which never went away

    Opened up on the nose with some nice spice and orange peel notes but thin and reedy on the palate with a very short finish

    Drink up!

  • french16 wrote:

    May 17, 2015 - A little more evolved than I thought it would be. Still, nice earthy notes with sappy fruit. Pretty textbook mourvedre with a little bit of juiciness from a drop of Grenache.

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  • By Chris Kissack
    November 2008 (link) 18.5+ points

    (Domaine Tempier Bandol La Tourtine) This is a quite remarkable wine. It has a fine, dark hue in the glass, although there is maturity here too, a deep oxblood tone which is very evident just at the rim. The nose, however, is just beautiful, showing a fresh, clean and well-defined character which fails to betray this wine's ten years of age. It has a fine, perfumed, violet bouquet, with a charcoaly, stony, mineral edge, but also deep, rich and ripe mature fruit. It seems savoury, elegant, pure and crystalline all in the same breath. I find it quite captivating, certainly enticing at the very least, The palate has a fine and fresh character which reflects that found on the nose, with a pure seam of ripe, coaly tannin, with perfumed fruit. Fresh, firm, sinewy in its substance, pure and also elegant, this has a really fabulous style and I suspect it will go for years in the cellar yet, improving with time. But it is superbly approachable, and certainly delicious, right now.

  • By Chris Kissack
    August 2002 (link) 18+ points

    (Domaine Tempier Bandol La Tourtine) A garnet-red hue. initially quite dumb on the nose, but soon opening out to offer up aromas of singed hair and black cherries. An initially light, almost ethereal mouthfeel soon gives way to something more weighty. There's plenty of fruit, firm acidity and ripe tannins, balanced and set for further development. This one needs a good five to seven years before it will be ready. Nevertheless, it shows its breeding now.

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1998
  • Type Red
  • Producer Domaine Tempier
  • Varietal Mourvedre Blend
  • Designation Cuvée Spéciale
  • Vineyard La Tourtine
  • Country France
  • Region Provence
  • SubRegion n/a
  • Appellation Bandol

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 1 (0%)
  • In Cellars 194 (62%)
  • Consumed 119 (38%)

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