Domaine Tempier, Bandol La Tourtine, 2012 (Magnum)
Region: Bandol, Provence, France
Bottle size: 150cl
Grape: Mourvèdre (~85%), with Grenache and Cinsault.
WA: 94 points
Dark fruits, plums, crushed rock and hints of violets all emerge from this full-bodied, gorgeously layered and concentrated 2012; it has ripe, sweet tannin, a big mid-palate, and the class and balance. Jeb Dunnuck WA.
La Tourtine is located near Castellet, this terroir is extremely windy but also exposed to the sun from sunrise to sunset. These wines mature easily on the hillside. The soil is composed of sandstone and marl of the Santonien (75-90 Ma); gypsum can be found on the surface. Although located at the top of the hill, the soil is relatively deep with a lot of clay. La Tourtine blends power and elegance. The cuvée is selected from this exceptional terroir of only 5.5 hectares. Average age of the vines is 45-50 years.