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  • Chateau de Pibarnon Bandol Rose 2022

    £34.25

    “The citrusy, mentholated 2022 Bandol Rosé was crafted with a blend of 65% Mourvèdre and 35% Cinsault and matured six months in barrels. It displays aromas of pomegranate, citrus, spring flowers, iodine, jasmine and crushed stones, followed by a beautifully defined texture, a fleshy core of fruit and racy acids that underpin a delicate, well-delineated and calcareous finish. It’s going to drink nicely in its youth, but I suspect it will also age gracefully over the next 2-5 years. Drink: 2023-2028. 93 points”

    Yohan Castaing, Wine Advocate (06/23)

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  • Chateau de Pibarnon Bandol Rouge 2020

    £47.95

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  • Chateau Sainte Anne Bandol 2018

    £44.95

    “Vinified in stainless steel and aged in foudres, the 2018 Bandol features attractive notes of strawberry compote, garrigue and anise. From one of the appellation’s natural wine proponents, this wine is medium to full-bodied, intense without being overly big or brawny, focused and long on the finish. Minimal sulfur (2 grams per hectoliter) added at bottling, according to the American importer. Drink: 2023-2035. 91 points”

    Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate (01/23)

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  • Chateau Sainte Anne Bandol Cuvee Collection 2016

    £49.95

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  • Chateau Sainte Anne Bandol Rose 2022

    £32.95

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  • Domaine de la Tour du Bon Bandol Rose 2022

    £25.95

    “Savory and spicy from the first tilt of the glass, the 2022 Rosé wafts up with musky lime, rosemary and chalky mineral tones. This fills the palate with soft, supple textures, leading off with a pretty inner sweetness as ripe pit fruits are energized by juicy acidity. It keeps the energy high, finishing perfumed and on a pleasant herbaceous note that firmly grounds it to the earth. The 2022 is a wine of contrasts and is nearly impossible to put down. Drinking window: 2023-2024. 91 points”

    Eric Guido, Vinous (05/23)

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  • Domaine Tempier Bandol Blanc 2021

    £38.95

    “Primarily Clairette (60%) and Ugni Blanc (30%), with bits of Bourboulenc, Marsanne and Rolle, the 2021 Bandol Blanc was still in tank when I visited early last year. It presents a striking juxtaposition of ripe pears and honeyed richness with brighter notes of fresh lime juice on the nose and medium-bodied palate, finishing with a sense of plush richness balanced by mouthwatering citrus zest and brine. Drink: 2023-2028. 92-94 points

    Covering 60 hectares and sprawling across five villages, this famous, family-owned estate needs little introduction. The vineyards are certified organic, and biodynamic principles are also employed, albeit without certification. I included the 2021 Bandol Rose in my rosé coverage last summer, so this write-up focuses on the estate’s other wines, including a few back vintages to give readers an idea of how these wines might evolve. With a high proportion of old-vine Mourvèdre, the wines are typically long-lived, with the 2011 Touraine and 2004 Cabassaou drinking beautifully at the moment but with plenty of life still ahead. A reference point in the appellation.”

    Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate (01/23)

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  • Domaine Tempier Bandol Cabassaou 2020

    £159.95

    “From a tiny parcel (1.5 hectares) of old-vine Mourvèdre (92-94%), with the balance a mix of Cinsault and Syrah, the medium to full-bodied 2020 Bandol Rouge Cuvee Cabassaou is impressively rich, concentrated and velvety. Marked by scents of tree bark, truffles and red raspberries, it’s a wonderfully complex and balanced effort that should age comfortably for at least two decades. Drink: 2023-2040. 95-97 points

    Covering 60 hectares and sprawling across five villages, this famous, family-owned estate needs little introduction. The vineyards are certified organic, and biodynamic principles are also employed, albeit without certification. I included the 2021 Bandol Rose in my rosé coverage last summer, so this write-up focuses on the estate’s other wines, including a few back vintages to give readers an idea of how these wines might evolve. With a high proportion of old-vine Mourvèdre, the wines are typically long-lived, with the 2011 Touraine and 2004 Cabassaou drinking beautifully at the moment but with plenty of life still ahead. A reference point in the appellation.”

    Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate (01/23)

    Barely one hour’s drive from Marseille, I can already picture those brightly-coloured sails bobbing up and down on an azure sea. This is Bandol AOC, created in 1941 and made up of a cluster of five small villages, centred around the eponymous picturesque fishing port overlooking the Mediterranean. One of these villages, the mediaeval Le Castellet, is where Tempier is based; an estate which has acquired almost mythical status (thanks in some measure to Kermit Lynch and Richard Olney).

    First, a few words about this appellation which many rank as one of the world’s great wine regions. This is in large measure due to the fact that the dominant red grape variety, Mourvedre, reaches the height of its expression in these predominantly clay/limestone soils, despite, or perhaps because of having to contend with the mistral, intense heat and an average rainfall of less than twenty inches per year.

    As all too often in the wine world, size is not always everything: Domaine Tempier extends to roughly 30 hectares with 28 devoted to the red varieties (Mourvedre, Cinsault, Grenache, Carignan and Syrah) and the rest to white. In fact, of the 120,000 bottles produced annually, 68% are red, 29% rose and only 3% white. Although centred on Le Castellet, the Tempier vineyards are spread over the three communes of Le Castellet, Le Beausset and La Cadiere, which is why the three single vineyard cuvees are so different in character.

    The full range from Tempier comprises an estate red blend, Cuvee Classique as well as three single vineyard reds, La Tourtine, Cabassaou and La Migoua, the famous rose and an estate white. The Cuvee Classique is basically 70-75% Mourvedre, 2% Carignan with the balance of Grenache and Cinsault. La Tourtine is made from 40-year-old vines grown on a south-facing hillside in the village of Le Castellet. This particular site has tended to produce wines which, though powerfully tannic, are perfectly balanced by an opulent fruit character. Cabassaou is a sub-plot in the lower part of La Tourtine which is sheltered from the mistral by the headland of Le Castellet and, since it faces SSW, is blessed with the maximum amount of sunshine. These factors thus create the optimal ripeness in which Mourvedre truly thrives. Cabassaou is made from 50-year-old vines, the blend being typically 95% Mourvedre, 4% Syrah and 1% Cinsault. This cuvee is generally regarded as the top wine from this estate, having perfectly balanced intensity and rich, long-lasting fruit flavours. The third single vineyard cuvee from this domaine, La Migoua, comes from a vineyard on the southern face of Le Beausset, at an altitude of 200-270 metres above sea level. The soils here are of different composition – chalk and clay and this is where the Cinsault finds its natural home. This cuvee is generally composed of 50-65% Mourvedre, with the balance mainly Cinsault and a dash of Syrah.

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  • Domaine Tempier Bandol La Migoua 2017

    £62.49

    “Easily the most widely recognized estate in Bandol, Domaine Tempier has been run by the Peyraud family since 1936. Today, with the passing of Lucien Peyraud in 1996 and the retirement of sons Francois and Jean-Marie, the estate is run by the tall, energetic and talented Daniel Ravier—who speaks with a refreshing honesty and humility. Looking at the reds, the estate fashions four cuvees, a classic Bandol from a mix of terroirs, and three single vineyards—La Migoua, La Tourtine and Cabassaou. Lying outside the village of Le Beausset, the La Migoua vineyard is the highest elevation site of the three and sits at 270 meters above sea level; it consists of diverse clay and limestone soils. Possessing the smallest amount of Mourvèdre (~55%) and the most Grenache, this cuvee is always slightly less powerful and rich than the other two single vineyards, yet is always the most perfumed and complex. The La Tourtine parcel lies at a slightly lower elevation, in the Castellet region, and is more homogeneously clay soils. This parcel yields a powerful, rich, concentrated and surprisingly polished Bandol that has the fruit and texture to impress in its youth, yet the concentration to age beautifully. The smallest parcel is the Cabassaou, which lies below the Tourtine parcel in a more sheltered, warmer terroir. This cuvee has the highest percentage of Mourvèdre (upwards of 95%), as well as some of the oldest vines of the estate. It shares similarities to the Tourtine cuvee and is a rich, powerful, seriously impressive wine that every wine lover should taste once (preferably more) in their life.”

    Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate (225)

    Barely one hour’s drive from Marseille, I can already picture those brightly-coloured sails bobbing up and down on an azure sea. This is Bandol AOC, created in 1941 and made up of a cluster of five small villages, centred around the eponymous picturesque fishing port overlooking the Mediterranean. One of these villages, the mediaeval Le Castellet, is where Tempier is based; an estate which has acquired almost mythical status (thanks in some measure to Kermit Lynch and Richard Olney).

    First, a few words about this appellation which many rank as one of the world’s great wine regions. This is in large measure due to the fact that the dominant red grape variety, Mourvedre, reaches the height of its expression in these predominantly clay/limestone soils, despite, or perhaps because of having to contend with the mistral, intense heat and an average rainfall of less than twenty inches per year.

    As all too often in the wine world, size is not always everything: Domaine Tempier extends to roughly 30 hectares with 28 devoted to the red varieties (Mourvedre, Cinsault, Grenache, Carignan and Syrah) and the rest to white. In fact, of the 120,000 bottles produced annually, 68% are red, 29% rose and only 3% white. Although centred on Le Castellet, the Tempier vineyards are spread over the three communes of Le Castellet, Le Beausset and La Cadiere, which is why the three single vineyard cuvees are so different in character.

    The full range from Tempier comprises an estate red blend, Cuvee Classique as well as three single vineyard reds, La Tourtine, Cabassaou and La Migoua, the famous rose and an estate white. The Cuvee Classique is basically 70-75% Mourvedre, 2% Carignan with the balance of Grenache and Cinsault. La Tourtine is made from 40-year-old vines grown on a south-facing hillside in the village of Le Castellet. This particular site has tended to produce wines which, though powerfully tannic, are perfectly balanced by an opulent fruit character. Cabassaou is a sub-plot in the lower part of La Tourtine which is sheltered from the mistral by the headland of Le Castellet and, since it faces SSW, is blessed with the maximum amount of sunshine. These factors thus create the optimal ripeness in which Mourvedre truly thrives. Cabassaou is made from 50-year-old vines, the blend being typically 95% Mourvedre, 4% Syrah and 1% Cinsault. This cuvee is generally regarded as the top wine from this estate, having perfectly balanced intensity and rich, long-lasting fruit flavours. The third single vineyard cuvee from this domaine, La Migoua, comes from a vineyard on the southern face of Le Beausset, at an altitude of 200-270 metres above sea level. The soils here are of different composition – chalk and clay and this is where the Cinsault finds its natural home. This cuvee is generally composed of 50-65% Mourvedre, with the balance mainly Cinsault and a dash of Syrah.

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  • Domaine Tempier Bandol La Tourtine 2020

    £67.95

    “Mainly Mourvèdre (85%), with Cinsault and Grenache, the 2020 Bandol la Tourtine was still in foudre at the time of my visit last year. Scents of cola, smoke and red berries provide ample complexity on the nose, while the medium to full-bodied palate is concentrated and almost creamy in texture while remaining fresh and dynamic on the lengthy finish. Drink: 2023-2040. 94-96 points

    Covering 60 hectares and sprawling across five villages, this famous, family-owned estate needs little introduction. The vineyards are certified organic, and biodynamic principles are also employed, albeit without certification. I included the 2021 Bandol Rose in my rosé coverage last summer, so this write-up focuses on the estate’s other wines, including a few back vintages to give readers an idea of how these wines might evolve. With a high proportion of old-vine Mourvèdre, the wines are typically long-lived, with the 2011 Touraine and 2004 Cabassaou drinking beautifully at the moment but with plenty of life still ahead. A reference point in the appellation.”

    Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate (01/23)

    Barely one hour’s drive from Marseille, I can already picture those brightly-coloured sails bobbing up and down on an azure sea. This is Bandol AOC, created in 1941 and made up of a cluster of five small villages, centred around the eponymous picturesque fishing port overlooking the Mediterranean. One of these villages, the mediaeval Le Castellet, is where Tempier is based; an estate which has acquired almost mythical status (thanks in some measure to Kermit Lynch and Richard Olney).

    First, a few words about this appellation which many rank as one of the world’s great wine regions. This is in large measure due to the fact that the dominant red grape variety, Mourvedre, reaches the height of its expression in these predominantly clay/limestone soils, despite, or perhaps because of having to contend with the mistral, intense heat and an average rainfall of less than twenty inches per year.

    As all too often in the wine world, size is not always everything: Domaine Tempier extends to roughly 30 hectares with 28 devoted to the red varieties (Mourvedre, Cinsault, Grenache, Carignan and Syrah) and the rest to white. In fact, of the 120,000 bottles produced annually, 68% are red, 29% rose and only 3% white. Although centred on Le Castellet, the Tempier vineyards are spread over the three communes of Le Castellet, Le Beausset and La Cadiere, which is why the three single vineyard cuvees are so different in character.

    The full range from Tempier comprises an estate red blend, Cuvee Classique as well as three single vineyard reds, La Tourtine, Cabassaou and La Migoua, the famous rose and an estate white. The Cuvee Classique is basically 70-75% Mourvedre, 2% Carignan with the balance of Grenache and Cinsault. La Tourtine is made from 40-year-old vines grown on a south-facing hillside in the village of Le Castellet. This particular site has tended to produce wines which, though powerfully tannic, are perfectly balanced by an opulent fruit character. Cabassaou is a sub-plot in the lower part of La Tourtine which is sheltered from the mistral by the headland of Le Castellet and, since it faces SSW, is blessed with the maximum amount of sunshine. These factors thus create the optimal ripeness in which Mourvedre truly thrives. Cabassaou is made from 50-year-old vines, the blend being typically 95% Mourvedre, 4% Syrah and 1% Cinsault. This cuvee is generally regarded as the top wine from this estate, having perfectly balanced intensity and rich, long-lasting fruit flavours. The third single vineyard cuvee from this domaine, La Migoua, comes from a vineyard on the southern face of Le Beausset, at an altitude of 200-270 metres above sea level. The soils here are of different composition – chalk and clay and this is where the Cinsault finds its natural home. This cuvee is generally composed of 50-65% Mourvedre, with the balance mainly Cinsault and a dash of Syrah.

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  • Domaine Tempier Bandol Lulu & Lucien 2020

    £42.95

    “Tasted from foudre, the 2020 Bandol Cuvee Classique had been blended the week before my visit. Already showing classic notes of tree bark and truffle layered against cherries and raspberries and a touch of olive, it looks relatively precocious. In the mouth, it’s medium to full-bodied, concentrated and rich, with a long, plush finish. Drink: 2023-2035. 91-93 points

    Covering 60 hectares and sprawling across five villages, this famous, family-owned estate needs little introduction. The vineyards are certified organic, and biodynamic principles are also employed, albeit without certification. I included the 2021 Bandol Rose in my rosé coverage last summer, so this write-up focuses on the estate’s other wines, including a few back vintages to give readers an idea of how these wines might evolve. With a high proportion of old-vine Mourvèdre, the wines are typically long-lived, with the 2011 Touraine and 2004 Cabassaou drinking beautifully at the moment but with plenty of life still ahead. A reference point in the appellation. ”

    Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate (01/23)

    Barely one hour’s drive from Marseille, I can already picture those brightly-coloured sails bobbing up and down on an azure sea. This is Bandol AOC, created in 1941 and made up of a cluster of five small villages, centred around the eponymous picturesque fishing port overlooking the Mediterranean. One of these villages, the mediaeval Le Castellet, is where Tempier is based; an estate which has acquired almost mythical status (thanks in some measure to Kermit Lynch and Richard Olney).

    First, a few words about this appellation which many rank as one of the world’s great wine regions. This is in large measure due to the fact that the dominant red grape variety, Mourvedre, reaches the height of its expression in these predominantly clay/limestone soils, despite, or perhaps because of having to contend with the mistral, intense heat and an average rainfall of less than twenty inches per year.

    As all too often in the wine world, size is not always everything: Domaine Tempier extends to roughly 30 hectares with 28 devoted to the red varieties (Mourvedre, Cinsault, Grenache, Carignan and Syrah) and the rest to white. In fact, of the 120,000 bottles produced annually, 68% are red, 29% rose and only 3% white. Although centred on Le Castellet, the Tempier vineyards are spread over the three communes of Le Castellet, Le Beausset and La Cadiere, which is why the three single vineyard cuvees are so different in character.

    The full range from Tempier comprises an estate red blend, Cuvee Classique as well as three single vineyard reds, La Tourtine, Cabassaou and La Migoua, the famous rose and an estate white. The Cuvee Classique is basically 70-75% Mourvedre, 2% Carignan with the balance of Grenache and Cinsault. La Tourtine is made from 40-year-old vines grown on a south-facing hillside in the village of Le Castellet. This particular site has tended to produce wines which, though powerfully tannic, are perfectly balanced by an opulent fruit character. Cabassaou is a sub-plot in the lower part of La Tourtine which is sheltered from the mistral by the headland of Le Castellet and, since it faces SSW, is blessed with the maximum amount of sunshine. These factors thus create the optimal ripeness in which Mourvedre truly thrives. Cabassaou is made from 50-year-old vines, the blend being typically 95% Mourvedre, 4% Syrah and 1% Cinsault. This cuvee is generally regarded as the top wine from this estate, having perfectly balanced intensity and rich, long-lasting fruit flavours. The third single vineyard cuvee from this domaine, La Migoua, comes from a vineyard on the southern face of Le Beausset, at an altitude of 200-270 metres above sea level. The soils here are of different composition – chalk and clay and this is where the Cinsault finds its natural home. This cuvee is generally composed of 50-65% Mourvedre, with the balance mainly Cinsault and a dash of Syrah.

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  • Domaine Tempier Bandol Pour Lulu 2017

    £46.95

    “The 2017 Bandol Pour Lulu (a specially named cuvée classique) is at that intermediate, middle-aged stage, where not everything is as harmonious and elegant as it was or will be. Tight and dark-fruited on the nose, it’s medium to full-bodied, with dusty tannins framing notes of redcurrants and cola on the finish. Drink: 2023-2035. 90+ points

    Covering 60 hectares and sprawling across five villages, this famous, family-owned estate needs little introduction. The vineyards are certified organic, and biodynamic principles are also employed, albeit without certification. I included the 2021 Bandol Rose in my rosé coverage last summer, so this write-up focuses on the estate’s other wines, including a few back vintages to give readers an idea of how these wines might evolve. With a high proportion of old-vine Mourvèdre, the wines are typically long-lived, with the 2011 Touraine and 2004 Cabassaou drinking beautifully at the moment but with plenty of life still ahead. A reference point in the appellation.”

    Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate (01/23)

    “Easily the most widely recognized estate in Bandol, Domaine Tempier has been run by the Peyraud family since 1936. Today, with the passing of Lucien Peyraud in 1996 and the retirement of sons Francois and Jean-Marie, the estate is run by the tall, energetic and talented Daniel Ravier—who speaks with a refreshing honesty and humility. Looking at the reds, the estate fashions four cuvees, a classic Bandol from a mix of terroirs, and three single vineyards—La Migoua, La Tourtine and Cabassaou. Lying outside the village of Le Beausset, the La Migoua vineyard is the highest elevation site of the three and sits at 270 meters above sea level; it consists of diverse clay and limestone soils. Possessing the smallest amount of Mourvèdre (~55%) and the most Grenache, this cuvee is always slightly less powerful and rich than the other two single vineyards, yet is always the most perfumed and complex. The La Tourtine parcel lies at a slightly lower elevation, in the Castellet region, and is more homogeneously clay soils. This parcel yields a powerful, rich, concentrated and surprisingly polished Bandol that has the fruit and texture to impress in its youth, yet the concentration to age beautifully. The smallest parcel is the Cabassaou, which lies below the Tourtine parcel in a more sheltered, warmer terroir. This cuvee has the highest percentage of Mourvèdre (upwards of 95%), as well as some of the oldest vines of the estate. It shares similarities to the Tourtine cuvee and is a rich, powerful, seriously impressive wine that every wine lover should taste once (preferably more) in their life.”

    Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate (225)

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