There are some wines which hint at how good they could be, but …. and this was one of them. Mourvedre is a difficult grape to grow successfully, needing high temperatures, supplies of magnesium and potassium as well as limited but regular water supplies. It also seems attract a variety of pests. So, not a lot going for it, then. The Mourvedre was supported by Grenache, Cinsault and a smidgeon of Syrah.
The wine we tried was Domaine Tempier’s 2007 Bandol from Provence and we could sense this was a quality wine. It had a lovely deep colour and slight strawberry aromas that, on the palate, showed some tertiary notes (ageing) of cooked black fruits. This wine had been well-made and showed great development over it’s 12 years.
So, what spoilt it? A smell and taste of woodiness that persisted in addition to hazy sediment. What a shame because had been quality there. I think Richard has got some more – here’s hoping.
[Richard:, yes, got a few left. From a mixed half case of Domaine Tempier. A bottle blogged in 2015 was fine, without the wood taint, nor did it have, as I recall, the sediment. Perhaps the two are linked? Anyway, a classy wine, allowing for the fault. TWS refunded the cost (£28) saying they were sorry the wine was ‘corked’, which it wasn’t.]