The $10,000 Cellar, Part Three

Topping off the cellar with Cabernet-based wines


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Domaine Tempier

And now my final choice. I struggled with this one but ultimately had to remain true to myself. What other wine at this price or close to it do I buy, feel comfortable recommending (yes, there are wines I buy that might freak some folks out) and fit my criteria? I ended up with something strange, wonderfully rustic and certainly unique: Domaine Tempier’s two single vineyard Bandols!

For those unfamiliar with Bandol, it’s a wine based on Mourvèdre, which contributes some brute strength, purple and black fruit, animal and game aromas and a generally robust nature. Drips and drabs of Grenache, Cinsault and Carignan are added to drop in some additional complexity. Whatever the mix, these are real wines of character, pretty unique in the world and delightful additions to any cellar! In my experience, the Tourtine has been bigger though the Migoua shows more complexity. Buy one of each and find out for yourself.

Domaine Tempier Bandol Migoua  $60

Domaine Tempier Bandol Tourtine $60

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    Apr 18, 2012 at 4:23 PM

  • Snooth User: wine o200
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    Just trying a Tardieu Laurent 1997 Bandol at the moment, yes rustic, but those tannins are fine and dusty now. Should go with the lamb strips, capsicum , tomato, caramellised onion and bonconcini, or perhaps one of your right bank Bordeaux might fit the bill.

    Apr 20, 2012 at 9:09 AM

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