2018 Domaine Tempier Bandol Cuvee Classique

Proprietary Blend - 750ML
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jamessuckling.com, May 2021

Aromas of dark fruit with plums, blackberries and some iron and black cherries. Bark, too. Full to medium body with concrete undertones to the dark fruit. Delicate center palate, but finishes creamy and flavorful with...


Color & Type Red
Varietal Proprietary Blend
Country France
Region Provence
Sub-region Bandol
Vintage 2018
Size 750ML
Percent alcohol 14%
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.

Introducing the exquisite 2018 Domaine Tempier Bandol Cuvee Classique, a remarkable red wine from the illustrious region of Provence in France. Crafted by the esteemed producer Domaine Tempier, this proprietary blend showcases the true essence of Bandol's winemaking tradition and terroir.

In the glass, this wine captivates with a deep, garnet hue that hints at the complexity and depth that awaits. With a graceful pour, aromas of dark fruit immediately waft from the glass, enchanting the senses. Plums, blackberries, and black cherries take center stage, intertwined with subtle notes of iron and a hint of bark.

On the palate, the 2018 Domaine Tempier Bandol Cuvee Classique reveals itself as a wine of great character and finesse. A full to medium body delivers a symphony of flavors, where the dark fruit takes on a unique dimension with the addition of concrete undertones. The wine's delicate center palate tantalizes the taste buds, while a creamy and flavorful finish lingers, leaving a lasting impression.

With its light chewiness and dusty texture, this red beauty showcases the perfect balance between elegance and power. The 14.0% alcohol content contributes to its richness and depth, while the traditional cork closure adds a touch of authenticity to the overall experience.

Renowned wine critic James Suckling awarded this exceptional vintage an impressive score of 91 points. In his tasting note, he praises the wine's dark fruit aromas, concrete undertones, and creamy finish. Suckling recommends savoring this wine now to fully appreciate its remarkable qualities.

The 2018 Domaine Tempier Bandol Cuvee Classique is a testament to the mastery of winemaking in Bandol. It is a wine that demands attention and promises a truly memorable experience. Whether enjoyed on its own or paired with gourmet cuisine, this red gem is sure to leave an indelible mark on any oenophile's palate.