Domaine Tempier

Bandol Rouge Mourvedre Blend

9.1838 ratings
9.2274 pro ratings
Bandol, Provence, France
Mourvedre, Grenache, Cinsault, Carignan
Chocolate & Caramel, Herbs, Soft Cheese, Salami & Prosciutto, Turkey, Pasta, Mushrooms, Veal, Tomato-Based, Chicken, Exotic Spices, Potato, White Rice, Duck, Nuts & Seeds, Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Asian Cuisine, Salads & Greens, Quinoa, Farro, Brown Rice, Quinoa, Beef, Chili & Hot Spicy, Hard Cheese, Lamb, Pork, Pungent Cheese, Venison
Top Notes For
Bryce Wiatrak

Domaine Tempier may well be the most famous name in Bandol, so much so that it's difficult to discern if they're more beloved for their rosé or their rouge, both of which have earned diehard followings. Tempier is also one of the few Bandol wineries to craft a suite of single vineyard bottlings. Their entry level red, however, is what you'll more frequently encounter - and it always delivers. To sum up the wine in a word? Spice. Seductive and piquant, it tastes of anise, ginger, spice cake, cassis, and black plum. Streamlined and pure, the wine also merits praise for its chalky texture and tannic structure that provide this Bandol such tremendous longevity. 75% Mourvèdre, 14% Grenache, 9% Cinsaut, 2% Carignan.

Domaine Tempier may well be the most famous name in Bandol, so much so that it's difficult to discern if they're more beloved for their rosé or their rouge, both of which have earned diehard followings. Tempier is also one of the few Bandol wineries to craft a suite of single vineyard bottlings. Their entry level red, however, is what you'll more frequently encounter - and it always delivers. To sum up the wine in a word? Spice. Seductive and piquant, it tastes of anise, ginger, spice cake, cassis, and black plum. Streamlined and pure, the wine also merits praise for its chalky texture and tannic structure that provide this Bandol such tremendous longevity. 75% Mourvèdre, 14% Grenache, 9% Cinsaut, 2% Carignan.

Mar 30th, 2018
Landon Donley

Solid wine...especially at $40 retail. It really opens up with a 2 hour decant.

Solid wine...especially at $40 retail. It really opens up with a 2 hour decant.

Feb 13th, 2018
Saman Hosseini

Writer Maison Abattoir

9.1

Tannic AF but open for business. Strong showing.

Tannic AF but open for business. Strong showing.

Oct 14th, 2017
Matt Austin

Owner/Winemaker, Grosgrain Vineyards, Walla Walla, WA

9.2

From .375 ml. Dependably great. No hurry to drink.

From .375 ml. Dependably great. No hurry to drink.

Oct 9th, 2017
Christine Havens

This 375 ML is drinking beautifully now. Offers up a bouquet of spring herbs and meadow flowers. Red fruit on the palate, but fruit isn't the primary characteristic. There's dusty earth, savory herbs, and fine tannins that are very much like green or black tea. Finishes with a lovely spice note, sweet tobacco and bay leaf. There is, too...lively acidity that will make this classic Bandol an excellent food wine.

This 375 ML is drinking beautifully now. Offers up a bouquet of spring herbs and meadow flowers. Red fruit on the palate, but fruit isn't the primary characteristic. There's dusty earth, savory herbs, and fine tannins that are very much like green or black tea. Finishes with a lovely spice note, sweet tobacco and bay leaf. There is, too...lively acidity that will make this classic Bandol an excellent food wine.

7 people found it helpfulMay 30th, 2014
Derek Cohen

Wine sales, The Wine Shoppe at Green Hills

9.5

Recommended: open, drink small glass, put cork back in, forget about it for two days. Or age it another 5-10 years, if you have that level of super human patience. I don't. #livesuptohype #bandol #decantthis #cellar #mourvèdre at it's finest.

Recommended: open, drink small glass, put cork back in, forget about it for two days. Or age it another 5-10 years, if you have that level of super human patience. I don't. #livesuptohype #bandol #decantthis #cellar #mourvèdre at it's finest.

4 people found it helpfulMay 19th, 2015
Davis Smith

Sommelier Acquerello

9.1

Very aromatic red fruit, high-toned, spice. Delicious.

Very aromatic red fruit, high-toned, spice. Delicious.

4 people found it helpfulOct 21st, 2014
Alder Yarrow

Wine Blogger Vinography

9.3

Leather and cherry and sandalwood and dried flowers. Drinking beautifully now.

Leather and cherry and sandalwood and dried flowers. Drinking beautifully now.

3 people found it helpfulDec 7th, 2015
Wineshout 💀

Garrigue herbs, floral notes and warm fruits with a touch of licorice. Great structure and medium tannins will allow for good aging. The 2011 vintage is more herbaceous and less fruit-forward than is past years, and still too young - took an age of decanting to get it to shine. Dont open yet - hold. Lots of potential.

Garrigue herbs, floral notes and warm fruits with a touch of licorice. Great structure and medium tannins will allow for good aging. The 2011 vintage is more herbaceous and less fruit-forward than is past years, and still too young - took an age of decanting to get it to shine. Dont open yet - hold. Lots of potential.

3 people found it helpfulMay 13th, 2015
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.1

Delicious but still needs five more years in bottle.

Delicious but still needs five more years in bottle.

2 people found it helpfulApr 15th, 2016