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2019 Domaine Tempier

by Anthony Lynch

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2019 Domaine Tempier - Anthony Lynch
2019 Domaine Tempier - Anthony Lynch

Meteorologists are right when they say that no two years are alike,” writes Domaine Tempier’s Daniel Ravier in his 2019 vintage report. We can all certainly relate, having lived a year—or is it two now?—unlike any other, and when it comes to wine, nothing could be more true.
      After 2018, a nearly tropical vintage characterized by humidity, thunderstorms, and an unusual absence of Provence’s famous mistral, 2019 marked a return to something slightly more familiar in Bandol. The wind came back with gusto, keeping the grapes healthy and concentrating flavors behind thick skins. The rain—uninvited guest to the party the year before—was nowhere to be seen, with bright Mediterranean sunshine throughout the summer providing perfectly ripe tannins to go with rich, vibrant wild fruit and a deep, intense robe.
      Tempier’s wines are alive in every sense of the word. The conversion to biodynamic viticulture nearly a decade ago has ensured the domaine’s clay and limestone soils are teeming with life, staying cool in the hot months and ensuring a fresh balance regardless of what nature may throw its way. In the cellar, the principles championed by Lucien Peyraud long before “natural wine” became a catchphrase—fermenting with vineyard yeast and bottling unfiltered—still govern what is, or rather what isn’t, done to the fruit. And finally, Tempier Bandol is alive in the bottle and in the glass: constantly evolving, always captivating, bestowing pleasure in different forms at every stage of its life.
      The Bandol rouge’s youthful vigor and touch of rusticity charm today with promise to blossom into real elegance with time. La Migoua is full of subtlety, while La Tourtine bears a characteristic inky blackness; both are built for long aging. A freshness pervades in every cuvée, just like the gusty mistral breaking through summer’s baking heat. Essentially, the 2019 Bandols are classic Tempier: thick, chewy, savory, and loaded with palate-staining fruit and herbal reminders of the Provençal countryside.





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