Tempier, Cuvee Classique Rouge, Bandol, 2013
Region: Bandol, Provence, France
Bottle size: 75cl
Grape: Mourvèdre (~ 75%) with Grenache and Cinsault and a smaller proportion of Carignan and Syrah.
WA: 91 points
This beauty is loaded with wild, gamey notes of blackberries, raspberries, wild herbs, olive and underbrush. Medium-bodied, silky and polished, with terrific purity of fruit. Jeb Dunnuck, WA.
The Estate’s prominent cuvée blends the discrete strength of Bandol with the elegance and finesse which characterize Tempier. This complexity is a result of different terroirs of the estate and the variety of its clay-limestone soil located around the Estate but also in La Cadière, Sainte Anne d’Evenos, and Ollioules. There are sandy marls, limestone greseux from santonien, rudist limestone and recent barely deep horizons of colluvions. Plus, there are various sun or wind exposures.