Domaine Tempier 2019 Bandol Rosé, Bandol, Provence, France
The top name for Rosé in all of France.
Variety: 55% Mourvèdre, 25% Grenache, 20% Cinsault
Winemaker: Daniel Ravier
Terroir: 20+ years vines on Clay, Limestone soils in Bandol
Vinification: All grapes are harvested by hand. Rosé made 65% direct press, 35% maceration. Partial malolactic fermentation.
Aging: Wine ferments and ages 50% in stainless steel tank and 50% in concrete tank for 7 months
When Lucie “Lulu” Tempier married Lucien Peyraud in 1936, her father gave them Domaine Tempier, an active farm that had been in the family since 1834, near Le Plan du Castellet, just outside the Mediterranean seaport village of Bandol. What a beautiful gift. Over the years that followed, Lulu and Lucien strove to turn that rugged farm into gorgeous vineyard land. The celebrity of Domaine Tempier lies deep in the soils of Bandol. Variations of clay and limestone soils between the vineyards produce wines that are undeniably world-class. Whether it is the cult following they have established through their refreshing, age-worthy rosé (once praised by Robert Parker as the greatest rosé in the world), their Bandol Blanc, or the distinctive cuvées of Bandol rouge, the wines of Domaine Tempier stand as the proud benchmark when talking about Provençal wines. Through their passion, pioneering, and advocacy for Bandol, the Peyrauds have become legendary- and the region of Bandol became known for making some of the greatest wines in the world.