2020 Domaine Tempier Bandol la Migoua

Proprietary Blend - 750ML
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WA 94
WA 94

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, February 2023

(92 - 94 points) The 2020 Bandol la Migoua—tasted from foudre—is a bit tarry and rubbery (expected, to some degree, in young Mourvèdre-based wines) but opens up to reveal seductive, ripe notes of blackberries and...


Color & Type Red
Varietal Proprietary Blend
Country France
Region Provence
Sub-region Bandol
Vintage 2020
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.

The 2020 Domaine Tempier Bandol la Migoua is a captivating red wine hailing from the renowned wine region of Bandol in Provence, France. Crafted by the esteemed producer Domaine Tempier, this wine is a true testament to their commitment to quality and tradition.

In the glass, this wine exhibits a deep, garnet color that is as mesmerizing as it is inviting. On the nose, one is immediately captivated by the enticing aromas of blackberries and mulberries. These ripe fruit notes are beautifully complemented by subtle hints of tar and rubber, which are to be expected in young Mourvèdre-based wines.

On the palate, the 2020 Bandol la Migoua showcases its medium to full-bodied nature, offering a concentrated and velvety mouthfeel. The blend of approximately 55% Mourvèdre, 25% Cinsault, 15% Grenache, and 5% Syrah creates a harmonious symphony of flavors that dance on the taste buds. The wine's silky texture and elegant structure are further enhanced by its seamless integration of tannins.

As the wine lingers on the palate, it gracefully evolves, leaving a lasting impression. The long finish is a testament to the wine's finesse and impeccable balance. It is a wine that showcases both power and elegance, making it a true delight to savor.

This 2020 Domaine Tempier Bandol la Migoua has already garnered recognition, receiving a score of 94 points from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. This esteemed publication notes the wine's tarry and rubbery characteristics, which are expected in young Mourvèdre-based wines. However, it highlights how these initial aromas give way to seductive and ripe fruit notes.

In conclusion, the 2020 Domaine Tempier Bandol la Migoua is a remarkable red wine that exemplifies the unique terroir of Bandol. With its captivating aromas, velvety texture, and elegant finish, it is a wine that deserves a place in any wine enthusiast's collection.