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2009 Domaine Tempier Bandol Rose (in magnum)
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92 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - July 2010

($40) Light, orange-tinged pink. An expansive bouquet evokes wild strawberry, redcurrant, blood orange and musky herbs, with a sexy floral quality gaining power with aeration. Dry, dusty and focused on entry, then weightier and lusher in the middle, offering juicy red fruit and citrus flavors and notes of thyme and tarragon. Manages to be both nervy and rich, and finishes with strong cut and lingering minerality. As usual, this is one of the stars of this year's crop of pink wines. (Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant, Berkeley CA)

91 Points | Wine Spectator

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About Provence

Provence, which stretches from Nîmes to Nice, is best known as a bottomless source of pink wine. But across the region, numerous Provence appellations produce highly distinctive red wines that express multiple variations on a ripe, Southern theme; the most famous appellation is Bandol, which is noted for powerful game- and earth-scented red wines based on the sturdy, late-ripening Mourvedre grape.
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A sparsely planted variety found predominantly in the southern Rhone, Provence, and elsewhere near the Mediterranean coast, Mourvedre is best known for its place in powerful game and earth-scented reds. One is mostly likely to encounter the grape in wines from the southern Rhone. Here, Mourvedre takes its place blended with...
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