Drinking a very attractive Bandol tonight – one that illustrates the benefit of cellaring wine. It’s Domaine Tempier’s 1999, from a half bottle. Now half bottles age faster than regular bottles, and they don’t tend to reach as good a destination (otherwise halves would save us the hassle of extended cellaring). But this is drinking at peak now.
Domaine Tempier Bandol 1999 Provence, France
Evolving nicely, this has a savoury, mature nose with some iodine, mushroom and blood/iron notes. The palate is mellow with some spicy notes and hints of earth and minerals, as well as plummy fruit. Finishing dry, this is quite an elegant wine, drinking at its peak. 91/100