A 2001 Domaine Tempier Cuvee Cabassou I had a while back was one of my more memorable wine experiences, and ever since I’ve been meaning to put some Domaine Tempier in the cellar. I snaffled a few of these 2009 Domaine Tempier when I saw it a decent price.
Domaine Tempier is of course Bandol’s iconic winery, producing a superb range of Mourvedre based wines. This wine is their “entry level” offering, though the quality here is so much more than that particular label implies.
To begin with it's relatively translucent and nebbiolo-like in colour, and indeed in some ways it reminds me of a Barolo more generally. On the nose it opens with a lot of mourvedre funk and animale, almost too much, but over a couple of days this subsides to reveal florals and red fruits. To drink there is interest and complexity with gaminess, tobacco, and a great texture provided by the acidity and lovely earthiness. At its core, however, there is beautifully pure and perfectly ripe fruit that runs its length, all of which is framed by persistent tannins. It finishes long and very savoury. Loved drinking this, and it will be better again with a few more years in bottle. Drink with some roast game.
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