Domaine Tempier Cabassaou 2014
This small terroir located in the lower part of the La Tourtine vineyard benefits from specific winegrowing conditions: sheltered from the Mistral wind by the headland of Le Castellet , a gentle breeze always blows up its terraced slopes while the south-south-westerly exposition ensures maximum sunshine. These exceptional conditions allow the Mourvedre (95% of the terroir’s production) to reach its ideal ripeness. The low yield makes the Cabassaou a rare cuvée. Robust and powerful with dense tannins, it often surprises those lucky enough to taste it: Cabassaou is an exemplary wine.
From a parcel next to La Tourtine, the real head turner in the vintage should be the 2014 Bandol Rouge Cuvee Carassaou. My notes start (and end) with “Wow!” This fabulous-looking barrel sample offers terrific notes of cassis, violets, crushed flowers and licorice in a full-bodied, ultra-polished, layered and balanced package. This tannin quality is truly first rate, and this is one 2014 I can’t wait to taste from bottle.
(93-95) Points – Jeb Dunnuck, erobertparker.com (June, 2016)