Tempier Bandol La Migoua 2016

Tempier Bandol La Migoua 2016

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Name: Domaine Tempier Bandol Cuvee Speciale La Migoua
Country: France
Region: Provence
Sub-Region: Bandol
Producer: Domaine Tempier
Size: 750ml
Vintage: 2016
Varietal: Mourvedre

From the Winery:
"The La Migoua area is renowned for its geological features and is often studied for its complex sediment patterns. The outcrops of rocks found in this area date back much further than those in the rest of the Bandol winegrowing area. The effect of one tectonic plate sinking beneath another (subduction) can actually be observed here. During the geological formation of the Alps, the lower layers folded themselves over the younger upper layers. The other unusual feature of this area is the huge geological fracture found in Val d'Arenc which is the reason for the outcrops of rock layers dating back to the Triassic age (200–250 million years ago). The vineyard’s parcels are intertwined among this wild landscape of scrubland and pine forest.

The La Migoua vineyard is on the outskirts of the village of Le Beausset, perched on the southern face of the Le Beausset-Vieux hill range on a chalk and clay terroir. Strata of 200 million year old Muschelkalk can be found here. The soil structure varies throughout the vineyard from stony to various colours of clay ranging from red to ochre to almost blue in some places. The terroir is in the form of a natural amphitheatre with an average altitude of 270m above sea level. Cuvée La Migoua is comprised of 50 to 65 % Mourvedre depending on the year. A significant amount of Cinsault is also grown in this vineyard, particularly on the south-facing hillside known as 'La Louffe'. With a tendancy towards more animal notes than the estate’s other cuvées,La Migoua expresses great complexity. It is a wine with a delicate nose, excellent balance and a long ageing potential."

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