• Domaine Tempier Bandol 2015 Release w/ Owen Thayer on 10/28

    Saturday the 28th at 4pm

    Well my friends...it is that time of year where I bring to you the new releases from Domaine Tempier. Now we will be missing their rosé and one of their red wines...Cabassaou. There will only be one magnum of Cabassaou for sale and I'm pretty sure I know who will be taking it. I'll give you a hint...she's the boss and denied me my raise last year.

    On that note here is what Owen Thayer, Certified Sommelier & Sci-Fi bad ass will be pouring for us.

    2016 Domaine Tempier Bandol Blanc - One thing you need to know is that the blanc is the Domaine's smallest production. We get about three cases per year. That's it. If you find it, grab it like a fat kid stealing some pie. White wine accounts for just 3% of Domaine Tempier’s total wine production. It is made from grapes grown on the estate’s finest vineyards which benefit from limited exposure to sunshine. This results in the grapes ripening slowly which allows the wine to mature with good balance after spending 8 to 10 months in oak casks. A blend of Clairette, Bourboulenc and Ugni Blanc; characterized by minerality, freshness, citrus fruit white blossoms. This white can be enjoyed now and up to 8 years from the vintage should you wish to experience the wine as it develops in bottle.

    2015 Domaine Tempier Bandol Rouge Classique - The Cuvee Classique Bandol is a blend of Mourvedre (70-75%) with lesser amounts of Grenache, Cinsault and Carignan. The grapes are harvested from various vineyards on the Domaine, mainly clay and limestone soil. No chemicals are used in the vineyard and the grapes are hand harvested in small 30kg baskets before, hand sorting and fermenting in stainless steel or concrete vats. The wine is then put in large oak casks (25-75 hl) to complete malolactic fermentation and aged for 18-20 months before bottling. This is a red that has incredible ageing potential. Aromas of dark fruit and spice abound and the palate boasts ample fruit and dusty tannins. With 5 or more years in the bottle the wine will develop layers of complex aromas and flavours of leather, earth and red fruits.

    2015 Domaine Tempier Bandol Rouge La Migoua - No notes yet but here are some stats for her...50% Mourvèdre, 20% Grenache, 26% Cinsault, 4% Syrah. 40 + year old vines. La Migoua is made up of heterogeneous clay that varies in color between red, ochre, and blue. At 270 meters, it sits at the highest altitude of all the vineyards. The parcel’s complex sedimentation is largely due to the subduction of a tectonic plate which has surfaced the oldest rock outcroppings in the whole of the appellation. Surrounded by garrigue and pine forest, the grapes translate to earthy, gamey wines. La Migoua has the smallest amount of Mourvèdre in the blend, with the highest percentage of Grenache of the three cuvées.

    2015 Domaine Tempier Bandol Rouge La Tourtine - No tasting notes yet but I do have some stats for you. La Tourtine sits just above Cabassaou. The soil here is more homogeneous, with rich clay. La Tourtine produces powerful, tannic wines with gorgeous fruit character. 80% Mourvèdre, 10% Grenache, 10% Cinsault. 40 + year old vines.

    There it is folks. My suggestion is...buy a 6pack of each and sit on them. maybe get a few half bottles for some daily consumtion but the rest...sit for a year or two cause once we sell out...they are gone! Think of these wines for after when you retire. You already have a 401K...time to fill up your WINE01K!

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