- Dom Tempier Bandol Cuvee Classique 2010 Product #26922 (In Stock)
Provence’s benchmark Bandol is about 75% Mourvèdre in 2010 with 14% Grenache and dashes of Cinsault and Carignan in 2010, all from 40+ year-old, organically farmed, vines. Start with the color: a stunning dark, saturated, nearly black purple at the core fanning out to deep violet on the rim. Then the aromas: a big whiff of earthy, animal, scents on top of dark as night blackberry and black raspberry fruit and a suggestion of warm stones. The flavors: more black fruits, earthy spice, garrigue, and bitter chocolate at first with bright Bing cherry and a notion of violets on the back. The texture is silky, pure, almost Burgundy-like and the structure elegant and sophisticated: perfectly integrated acidity and fine, fine, tannin providing support. Sweet black raspberry, violets, and fresh earth flavors linger on and on.
More pure, focused, and complex than the Wine Spectator 91 point 2009. No question, this is youthfully closed right now, but an hour or two in decanter lets the wine begin to show its stuff. With a few more years of time, the mid-palate will unfold to give redder fruit and a more powerful dose of the earthy animal (ok – barnyard!), garrigue, and leather character that makes Tempier one of the most distinctive and delicious wines of Provence.