High end Mourvedre: Tempier Cabassaou 2016, Bandol

Domaine Tempier is a legendary estate in Provance, who changed history almost a century ago. It’s a fascinating story and surly the most important one when it comes to the Mourvedre/Monastrell variety, I highly suggest to read it on the Kermit Lynch webpage.

Cabassaou, the top bottling of the winery is the best Mourvedre wine I have ever tasted, it impressed me every time I was lucky to sample it (including our visit at the Domaine in 2013). The 2016 is no exception.

Undeveloped but shows tons of personality already. Pine trees, something salty, and a fair bit of reduction on the nose. Structured, extracted, linear palate, quite polished and elegant – a nod towards Bordeaux. Powerful but not forced, the texture is smooth, tannins are marked, but perfectly ripe. Oak is virtually unnoticeable and there is freshness to it’s fruit aromas. This is a noble, aristocratic wine, built for the long haul.

Rating: world class wine, a benchmark. 94 points. 
Price: 80€.
Value: it’s worth trying if you can afford it.
Tasted: March, 2020.
Source: own purchase.
Drinking window: now – 2030.

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