Any longtime fan of Domaine Tempier’s legendary Bandols knows: these are red wines to purchase by the case, as they provide loads of drinking pleasure from the start and all throughout their lengthy lifespan. Even the entry-level bottling, or cuvée Classique, as it’s colloquially know, has stupefied many by displaying stunning freshness and complexity at fifteen, twenty, or even thirty years of age.
The 2014 cuvée Classique, however, does not need twenty or thirty years to show its best. The vintage, which was characterized by a cool, dry summer, gave a concentrated yet balanced Bandol with great freshness that can be enjoyed today. It is most remarkable for the quality of its tannins: dense and palate-coating, they nonetheless have a soft velvetiness that most young Mourvèdre bottlings could only dream of.
Sorry, fruit juice fans, but the nose is more earthy than fruit-driven, with hints of damp soil, mushroom, and thyme along with a touch of black cherry. It is simply delicious Bandol from a historic estate whose wines live up to its reputation year after year. Exercise a little bit of self-control and hopefully a case or two will get you through the next couple of decades.
|Blend:||75% Mourvèdre, 14% Grenache, 9% Cinsault, 2% Carignan|
|Vineyard:||40 + years|
|Aging:||Aged in oak foudres (25 to 50 hl) for 18 to 20 months|
Of all of the domaines we represent, no other serves more as our cornerstone, stands more in the defense of terroir, and is more intricately interwoven with our own history, than that of the iconic Peyraud family of Domaine Tempier. When Lulu Tempier married Lucien Peyraud in 1936, her father gave them Domaine Tempier, a farm that had been in the family since 1834. Tasting a pre-phylloxera bottle of Tempier Bandol inspired Lucien to research the terroir extensively. By 1941, thanks to Lucien and neighboring vignerons, Bandol had its own A.O.C. Lucien will forever be celebrated as the Godfather of Bandol. Raising deep and structured wines of such refinement and longevity has made Domaine Tempier truly a grand cru de Provence.
You don’t have to be rich to cellar a great wine.