Domaine Tempier 2018 Bandol Rouge 'La Tourtine'

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La Tourtine is one of the single-vineyard wines produced at Domaine Tempier. The vineyard is 5.5 hectares planted on a southerly exposed site, looking at the sea. The 45 - 50 year old vines are planted on sandstone and marl with gypsum at the surface. This exceptional terroir combined with the old vines produces reds that are long lived, elegant and poised.

The wine shows aromas of wild herbs, minerals, clove and camphor, combined with black and red fruits. The potent tannins will need some time to resolve, but you can now, just about, catch a glimpse of its greatness.

France | Provence | Bandol | Domaine Tempier | Organic | 80% Mourvedre, 10% Grenache Noir, 10% Cinsault | ABV 14.5% | 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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