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Day September 25, 2004

Domaine Tempier Bandol 1986 Migoua

It was a long week, so I treated myself at dinner last night to the 1986 Tempier Bandol Migoua. 1986 wasn’t a concentrated year in Bandol as far as I can tell, but the wine has held up quite well. It’s definitely mature, with no hard edges left anywhere, and a color verging on light magenta with a slight orange rim. Immediately after opening, it was not giving up much on the palate, but after 20 minutes or so, the aroma was minerally dark fruit, a hint of old-wine spiciness, and a bit of tree bark in the background. The wine held up well for several hours, and in fact I’ve got a glass left in the bottle to try today. The 86’s need to be drunk relatively soon (I bought a number of them from K&L Wines about four years ago, and am steadily drinking them in preference to the much bigger 1985, 1989, 1990), but well-stored bottles are very pleasant, mature Tempier.