2018 Domaine Tempier Bandol Cabassaou

Proprietary Blend - 750ML
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Color & Type Red
Varietal Proprietary Blend
Country France
Region Provence
Sub-region Bandol
Vintage 2018
Size 750ML
Percent alcohol 14.5%
Closure Cork

Domaine Tempier, located in the heart of the Bandol appellation, was established by the Tempier family in 1834. The domaine won its first gold medal in 1885 and is one of the few 19th-century family-run wine estates that has stayed true to its past.

According to historians, Bandol’s first vines were planted around since 600 BC and the Romans exported the local wines from Bandol harbor. On 11 November 1941, Bandol was granted AOC (Appellation d’Origine Controlee) status.

Domaine Tempier’s 38 hectares are spread over several parcels facing the sea on steep, sun-drenched slopes. It is made up of a patchwork of vineyards, the main ones being La Migoua in Le Beausset-Vieux and La Tourtine and Cabassaou in Le Castellet, as well as the house in Le Plan du Castellet. The Mourvedre grape thrives on the Bandol terroir of rocky landscapes and hundred-year-old terraces. It is combined with Grenache to give the wine body and fruit, and with Cinsault which provides refinement and balance. The dark-colored Mourvedre gives the Bandol red wines their structure and elegance as well as their capacity to age well.

This 2018 Domaine Tempier Bandol Cabassaou is a true gem from the Provence region of France. Crafted with precision and passion by the esteemed Domaine Tempier, this red wine is a blend of varietals that come together harmoniously to create a truly exceptional tasting experience.

In the glass, this wine exhibits a deep, dark red color that is both alluring and enticing. The nose is equally captivating, with intense aromas of ripe blackberries, cherries, and plums. These fruit notes are complemented by hints of dried herbs, tobacco, and a touch of leather, adding complexity and depth to the bouquet.

On the palate, the 2018 Domaine Tempier Bandol Cabassaou showcases its true character. The wine is full-bodied, with a velvety texture that coats the mouth and lingers long after each sip. Flavors of black fruits dominate, with blackberry and cherry taking center stage, accompanied by subtle notes of licorice, spices, and earthiness.

The tannins in this wine are well-integrated, providing structure and balance without overpowering the fruit. The acidity is vibrant, adding freshness and ensuring a long aging potential. With an alcohol content of 14.5%, this wine has a warm and inviting presence that is perfectly integrated into its overall profile.

Pair this exceptional red with grilled lamb chops, hearty stews, or aged cheeses for a truly memorable dining experience. The 2018 Domaine Tempier Bandol Cabassaou is a wine that will continue to evolve and impress over the years, making it a must-have for any serious wine collector.