Domaine Tempier Bandol Blanc 2021


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“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)