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2014 Bandol Rouge

Domaine Tempier

2014 Bandol <i>Rouge</i> Domaine Tempier - Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant
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.
—Anthony Lynch
Vintage: 2014
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: 75% Mourvèdre, 14% Grenache, 9% Cinsault, 2% Carignan
Appellation: Bandol
Country: France
Region: Provence
Producer: Domaine Tempier
Winemaker: Daniel Ravier
Vineyard: 40 + years
Soil: Clay, Limestone
Aging: Aged in oak foudres (25 to 50 hl) for 18 to 20 months
Farming: Organic
Alcohol: 14%

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About Provence

Perhaps there is no region more closely aligned with the history to Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant than Provence. Provence is where Richard Olney, an American ex-pat and friend of Alice Waters, lived, and introduced Kermit to the great producers of Provence, most importantly Domaine Tempier of Bandol. Kermit also spends upwards of half his year at his home in a small town just outside of Bandol.

Vitis vinifera first arrived in France via Provence, landing in the modern day port city of Marseille in the 6th century BC. The influence of terroir on Provençal wines goes well beyond soil types. The herbs from the pervasive scrubland, often referred to as garrigue, as well as the mistral—a cold, drying wind from the northwest that helps keep the vines free of disease—play a significant role in the final quality of the grapes. Two more elements—the seemingly ever-present sun and cooling saline breezes from the Mediterranean—lend their hand in creating a long growing season that result in grapes that are ripe but with good acidity.

Rosé is arguably the most well known type of wine from Provence, but the red wines, particularly from Bandol, possess a great depth of character and ability to age. The white wines of Cassis and Bandol offer complexity and ideal pairings for the sea-influenced cuisine. Mourvèdre reigns king for red grapes, and similar to the Languedoc and Rhône, Grenache, Cinsault, Marsanne, Clairette, Rolle, Ugni Blanc among many other grape varieties are planted.

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