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In a very loose polling, some six out of ten persons that we know would prefer to retire to Provence than all other places on the planet combined. Oh, and then there are the wines.

 
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2012 Domaine Tempier Bandol Rouge 2012 Domaine Tempier Bandol Rouge
Under the supervision of Bandol native winemaker Daniel Ravier since 2000, the winery known for putting Bandol on the map is "rising" according to Wine Spectator. From the fruit of 75% Mourvèdre, 14% Grenache, 9% Cinsault and 2% Carignan vines averaging over 40 years old planted to clay and limestone soils and sustainably farmed in this almost idyllic setting just above the Mediterranean Sea; 18 to 20 months of aging in large oak foudres help round out this otherwise and typically sauvage and unfettered Provençal red wine. Full throttle aromas of bramble, black and blue berry fruits, grape pomace, fennel, a sense of the garrigue and vineyard floor (from the Mourvèdre?); full and generous on the tongue with structure and potency and flavor echoing long and true to those first alluring whiffs. Just superb!
$47.50 the bottle  $484.56 the case of six


512 West Sixth Street Austin, Texas 78701-2806 USA
(an easy right turn between San Antonio and Nueces streets)