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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

On 8:08 PM by The Bloggers @ 67 Wine   No comments
Hi all,
Yesterday I was Invited to a great event here in the city, a tasting of the wines of Domaine Tempier with the domaine's winemaker Daniel Ravier. This was a great event put together in a partnership with Kermit Lynch Wine Merchants, and Blue Ribbon Downing Street Bar. Blue Ribbon Bar has a great wine list and is a casual small wine bar that merits several more visits, the list is filled with great bottles and a few are very competitively priced.

The food that I saw served was looked quite good, and I ordered for our table a plate of sopressata and bread which came with a spicy and great mustard spread. The wood paneling and hidden bathroom are bonus features, especially in a space that small. The staff was great, gracious, generous and quite knowledgeable as well. The treat for the night was Daniel himself behind the bar- available to answer questions about Bandol in general, and the stunning wines that he makes in particular.

The list of wines on the tasting flight was great (all of course from Domaine Tempier):
The 2009 Bandol Rose out of magnum. This pale salmon colored rose had all the hallmarks of great Bandol rose- a surprising weight on the palate, sincere flavors of peach and red berry, and a totally mineral finish.

Next up was the 2008 'cuvee classic'. This wine was racy with red fruit, berries and cherry along with its garrigue and mineral structure. This was perhaps the lightest vintage of the cuvee classic I have ever had. When I asked Daniel about this he told me the weather was quite wet in the early season, and then quite dry during the late summer and harvest . . . however it was not as warm as the previous year.

Following that was the Bandol 2005 La Tourtine. This is a single parcel, and one of the great wines of the region every vintage. Though still a blend, the more specific site shines through clearly. The wine is wild, with notes of game, leather and dark berries as well as structure and minerality. The acid was a little higher on this wine, but it still showed great, and was the most intense of the wines we drank.

Finally we tasted the Bandol 'cuvee classic' from 2004. The 'cuvee classic' is the "basic" bandol that Daniel creates at Tempier, and is a blend of the entire site- including small amounts of grapes from the La Tourtine and La Migoa sites. There is no 'cuvee classic' on the label- just seemed to be what everyone called this wine! In any case; this was my favorite of the night. Typical Bandol- stunning, wild, amazing. The wine was full of flavors of garrigue, blackberries, stones and herbs. Amazing mellowness to the structure and the darkest fruit flavors of the night. I loved it.

Thanks to Liz Farley and Daniel as well as all the staff at Blue Ribbon Downing Street Bar.
Thanks for reading,
Ben
10/09/10

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