TempierRose122012 Domaine Tempier, Bandol Rose, Provence, France.
The Tempier Bandol Rose is crafted from Mourvedre, Grenache, Cinsault and Carignan grapes and is considered one of the great pink wines of the world and this vintage surely adds to that growing legend with fantastic quality and beautiful detail. This 2012 Tempier is vivid and intense with brisk acidity, mineral and raw power with dusty raspberry, strawberry, sour cherry and watermelon leading the way while crushed stones, chalky plum and peach notes fold into place. No doubt this is serious stuff, but still playful and lovely, worth every penny of it’s high street value even if your wallet screams in pain. Drink over the next year or so, though there will be no need to rush as these Roses from Bandol can be aged more than a few years easy, it will more about rushing to get some, as these Tempier go fast and it is a sad summer without them around. Be sure to be ready, Kermit Lynch is releasing this soon, look for it from June 12, 2013 in select US locations.
($42 Est.) 92+ Points, grapelive

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