Domaine Tempier Bandol 'Tourtine' 2004


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‘La Migoua’ is Tempier’s least Mourvèdre-heavy wine and is dominated mostly by Grenache. Fruit for this cuvée grows in clay-heavy soils surrounded by garrigue pine forests, which ultimately leads to an earthy, gamey, and rather full-bodied wine loaded with flavors of crushed red berries, smoke, and sweet spice. 

2004 was a low-yielding vintage in Bandol, though hot days and cool nights produced spicy and fruit-driven wines marked by vivacious acid and well-integrated tannins. We’d pop this bottle sooner rather than later.