Domaine Tempier 2016 Bandol Rouge 'Cabassou'

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Cabassou is the top red Bandol produced at Domaine Tempier. The vineyard is located at the bottom of La Tourtine where it has a warm microclimate, protected from the strong maritime winds of Le Mistral. The vines are minimum 60 years old, low yielding, and there is a higher proportion of Mourvedre in this cuvee than any of the other reds produced here, being at least 95% of the blend. Cabassou takes its name from the French expression 'ça cabasse' - roughly translates as 'gives a hefty punch'. It certainly is the most powerful of Tempier's reds, but it's not at all a heavyweight. More of a Bantam, we reckon, carrying no unnecessary bulk, but certainly has dense, powerful tannins for the long term.

France | Provence | Bandol | Domaine Tempier | Organic | 95% Mourvedre, 4% Syrah, 1% Cinsault | ABV 15% | Drink 2026 - 2036+

The Region

Provence Wines


Provence is perhaps the most picturesque of France's wine regions with azure coasts and lavender fields. There has been a tsunami of rosé flooding our shores from this region, some of it of questionable quality, but in the majority the wines are extremely likeable and in some instances, outstanding.

We are particularly fond of Domaine des Mapliers for their sophisticated and gastronomic style, but who can forget Chateau d'Esclans for their Whispering Angel which is nothing short of a phenomenon. The very best examples in our opinion come from the world class estate of Domaine Tempier producing outstanding wines in all three colours.

The Producer

Domaine Tempier

Domaine Tempier

Domaine Tempier is undoubtedly the leading producer of Bandol and has been under ownership of the same family since the 1880s. The estate is famed for its long-lived, powerful, tannic reds from mostly the Mourvedre grape variety, but also its elegant and ageworthy rosé and white. The quality of the wines here is known throughout the world, and recognised as one of the South of France's greatest wine producers, and a long-term favourite of Noble Grape.

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