Hoke wrote:I would add Neore to that list.
Iwould further add that Provence has many astonishingly good wines---it's just that most of them are roses which people foolishly fail to even consider, apparently feeling that force and density are more important than delicate persistence and laser-like precision.
Ah, but life is unfair and at least it keeps the cost down.
Tim York wrote:I've long wondered why Bandol figures on so few people's Mount Olympus of wines. Some recent TNs from others and these two bottles impel me to ask this out loud. Bandol from good growers like these combine Mediterranean warm flavour and spiciness with a classical shape, structure and lack of exaggeration which are for me hallmarks of great wine. I haven't found the same in any other wines from the French Mediterranean rim except Trévallon, Rayas and the occasional Mas Jullien.
The performance of the following is more praiseworthy because they come from the 1997 vintage which, though praised at the outset for Provençal Mourvèdre, has been subsequently decried.
Bandol 1997 – Château Vannières – Alc.13% - was beautifully focussed and elegant with a well developed bouquet showing rose, tar and Mediterranean herbs and a medium plus weight linear shaped body with mature fruit, secondary flavours, minerals, good acidity and ripe tannic support for the finish; 17/20.
Bandol Cuvée Spéciale La Migoua 1997 – Domaine Tempier - Alc.13.5% - was an interesting contrast being perhaps less finely focussed and less elegant but more powerful and complex. The nose was more subdued at first but developed rapidly showing similar aromas to the Vannières with a slightly darker coloration. The body was a tad fuller and more structured with greater depth and a broader shape with the flavour components in greater relief and comparatively disjointed. Equally fine in its different way; 17/20.
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