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Bandol Rouge "La Tourtine", Domaine Tempier 2011


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La Tourtine vineyard is on terraced hillsides, not quite as high as La Migoua, but nevertheless is well exposed to the sun and is in the direct path of the Mistral wind. The Mourvrdre grape expresses itself fully here and so the wine has a high proportion of Mourvedre, between 70% to 80% of the blend, while the rest is Cinsault and Grenache. Too often Tourtine's tannins could be quite hard, not so in this vintage. The wine is deliciously smooth and well-integrated, with a spectacular concentration and depth unique to this terroir.

"Larger scaled and more textured and ripe, the 2011 Bandol La Tourtine is always a rough blend of 80% Mourvedre, 10% Grenache and 10% Cinsault. Possibly the wine of the vintage, it offers up blockbuster notes of black raspberry, currants, licorice and ground Provencal herbs to go with a medium to full-bodied, layered feel on the palate. Made in a forward, delicious (if not hedonistic) style, with loads of texture and a big finish, it too can be enjoyed anytime over the coming 15 years or more." 94/100 Jeb Dunnuck, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate


"Gorgeous bay, rosemary and alder aromas lead the way, with dark cherry, anise, black currant and damson plum flavors balled up at the core. A racy graphite streak takes control on the finish, where the fruit turns increasingly juicy and energetic. Delivers impressive range and tension. Mourvèdre, Grenache and Cinsault. Best from 2016 through 2028." 93/100 Wine Spectator Insider