The Intercontinental Hotel, Restaurant Terrace Fleurie

Having been delayed in the Rhône Valley because all the trains were cancelled due to flooding between Nîmes and Montpellier, I missed a scheduled lunch at one of my favorite Paris bistros. Instead, after checking into my hotel, I had a late lunch at the hotel's flower-filled Terrace Fleurie restaurant. The food was excellent, with the chef featuring primarily Provençal dishes to take advantage of the late season tomatoes and eggplants, but the wine list was terrible except for one brilliant offering, Domaine Tempier's 2001 Migoua. Even with decanting this young, powerful, extremely concentrated, muscular wine did not become all that supple, but, wow, what extraordinary potential and future this dense purple-colored, earthy, leathery, black fruit, and licorice-dominated wine exhibits. One of the most concentrated, powerful Domaine Tempier offerings I have ever tasted, it possesses 20-25 years of aging potential.

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