2019 Domaine Tempier Bandol Cuvee Classique

Proprietary Blend - 750ML
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Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, February 2023

(92+ points) Marked by scents of clove, allspice, cola and plum, the medium to full-bodied 2019 Bandol Cuvee Classique is concentrated, dense and creamy in texture, with an appealing suppleness that would make it almost...
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jebdunnuck.com, October 2023

I always love this base cuvée, and while it doesn't have the power or singular character of the single vineyards, it exudes Bandol character and is always a joy to drink. The 2019 Bandol reveals a healthy ruby, almost...


Color & Type Red
Varietal Proprietary Blend
Country France
Region Provence
Sub-region Bandol
Vintage 2019
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.

Ladies and gentlemen, allow me to introduce to you the exquisite 2019 Domaine Tempier Bandol Cuvee Classique. This extraordinary red wine hails from the renowned region of Provence in France, specifically from the sub-region of Bandol. Crafted by the esteemed producer Domaine Tempier, this wine is truly a masterpiece.

The wine presents itself in a deep, captivating red color that hints at the richness and complexity that awaits within the glass. Upon pouring, enticing aromas fill the air, captivating the senses with the scents of clove, allspice, cola, and plum. It is a symphony of fragrances that dance together harmoniously, promising a sensory journey like no other.

As you take your first sip, the wine reveals its true character. Medium to full-bodied, it coats the palate with a concentrated and dense texture, offering a velvety smoothness that is simply irresistible. The supple nature of this wine is almost deceiving, as it tempts you to indulge in its beauty now. However, the true potential of this wine lies in its ability to evolve and mature over time.

Renowned critic Joe Czerwinski, writing for Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, awarded this remarkable wine an impressive 92 points. He commends its appealing suppleness, noting that it is almost drinkable already. However, he advises patience, suggesting that a few more years of aging will allow this wine to truly reach its full potential.

With a cork closure and an alcohol percentage of 14.0, this red wine exemplifies the timeless elegance and craftsmanship of the finest French wines. It is a testament to the skill and dedication of Domaine Tempier, a producer that has consistently delivered exceptional wines.

In conclusion, the 2019 Domaine Tempier Bandol Cuvee Classique is a wine that demands attention. With its captivating aromas, concentrated flavors, and potential for aging, it is a true gem of the wine world. Whether enjoyed now or carefully cellared for the future, this wine is sure to leave a lasting impression on all who have the pleasure of experiencing it.