2000 Domaine Tempier - Bandol Cuvée Spéciale (France, Provence, Bandol)

2000 Domaine Tempier Bandol Cuvée Spéciale - France, Provence, Bandol (10/16/2012)
-- decanted immediately before initial taste --
-- tasted non-blind over a few hours --

NOSE: wow, this is Provencal heaven! Earthy; smoky; hint of leather; wafts of red fruit, BBQ beef, and cherry; seems to be at a nice moderately-aged stage right now; wonderful cherry/leather/BBQ/bacon mélange.

BODY: dark, rustic garnet color of medium-deep depth; some sediment present; medium-full bodied.

TASTE: lots of acidity and tannin; moderately funky -- leathery; earthy; dark red fruits; hint of mineral; a touch bitter; seems to be quite young yet; 14.5% alc. is well-hidden; this is a burly wine, but is certainly not a modern-style wine; finish is long and of medium to medium-strong intensity. I’m not sure this will ever completely shed its tannin, but I do think a couple more years in the cellar will see some improvement from this wine; if you have only one bottle in your cellar, continue to hold, but if you have more it’s worth checking in on it now.

B: 50, 5, 14, 15, 8 = (92+ pts.)

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Originally posted by Brashley:
2000 Domaine Tempier Bandol Cuvée Spéciale - France, Provence, Bandol (10/16/2012)
-- decanted immediately before initial taste --
-- tasted non-blind over a few hours --

NOSE: wow, this is Provencal heaven! Earthy; smoky; hint of leather; wafts of red fruit, BBQ beef, and cherry; seems to be at a nice moderately-aged stage right now; wonderful cherry/leather/BBQ/bacon mélange.

BODY: dark, rustic garnet color of medium-deep depth; some sediment present; medium-full bodied.

TASTE: lots of acidity and tannin; moderately funky -- leathery; earthy; dark red fruits; hint of mineral; a touch bitter; seems to be quite young yet; 14.5% alc. is well-hidden; this is a burly wine, but is certainly not a modern-style wine; finish is long and of medium to medium-strong intensity. I’m not sure this will ever completely shed its tannin, but I do think a couple more years in the cellar will see some improvement from this wine; if you have only one bottle in your cellar, continue to hold, but if you have more it’s worth checking in on it now.

B: 50, 5, 14, 15, 8 = (92+ pts.)

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I must admit, while I enjoy the wines, there's a huge whiff of VA for me whenever I pop these bottles.

but then I guess it's part of the charm.
We stopped by Cassis on our tour through Provence and of course we had to stop at Domaine Tempier. Very friendly people! Even allowed us to help at their sorting table which consisted of 30% removing leaves and rotten grapes and 70% eating the grapes that looked tasty.

Loved their wines as well.
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We stopped by Cassis on our tour through Provence


That's a great little town isn't it? We were there on All Saint's weekend and stumbled into a marathon from Marseilles. After the pros zipped by it was a hoot to watch the rest of the runners.
It was gorgeous! I really loved my time in Provence. Really hated my time in Nice (which was echoed throughout the board).

They were having an Ironman tri when we were in Aix in Provence so we got to watch a lot of really fit athletes look really tired at he end. I drooled over a lot of the bikes though as I used to be on Cal's road cycling team. Err... I used to get dropped by Cal's road cycling team.
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Originally posted by Danyull:
Really hated my time in Nice (which was echoed throughout the board).


IMO, it embodies the worst aspects of France. Go inland 20 miles and you'll find the best! Can't stand the Cote d'Azur.


What is bad about Nice? I ask because some relatives of mine are talking about going there next year, but I don't think they've made arrangements yet --- still time to save them from themselves, I think!
Boring architecture, rocky beaches, and populated by the glitteratti who want to spend their time with other pompous people. Not much love for America there. Ditto for the whole coast. Certainly there are exceptions, but when you go inland, the people and the country are beautiful.
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Originally posted by Brashley:
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Originally posted by Board-O:
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Originally posted by Danyull:
Really hated my time in Nice (which was echoed throughout the board).


IMO, it embodies the worst aspects of France. Go inland 20 miles and you'll find the best! Can't stand the Cote d'Azur.


What is bad about Nice? I ask because some relatives of mine are talking about going there next year, but I don't think they've made arrangements yet --- still time to save them from themselves, I think!


I wouldn't want to spend a lot of time there, but Nice is nice. It's kind of a biggish town so it's at its best for biggish town kind of things, like festivals. They have a great carnaval in february. There are lots of festivals throughout the year including a jazz festival in July. I've been tempted to do a south of France music thing in the summer to take in that and the Orange opera festival. (This year they are doing the flying dutchman and the masked ball in Orange).

I wouldn't go for the beaches.

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