Domaine Tempier 2017 "Pour Lulu" Bandol Rouge, Provence, France

Domaine Tempier 2017 "Pour Lulu" Bandol Rouge, Provence, France

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Domaine Tempier 2017 "Pour Lulu" Bandol Rouge, Provence, France

This special bottling is made For Lulu, who on December 11, 2017, Lulu turned 100. Our Lulu is Lulu Peyraud, who, with her husband, Lucien, founded Domaine Tempier.

Farming: Organic

Variety:  75% Mourvèdre, 14% Grenache, 9% Cinsault, 2% Carignan

Winemaker: Daniel Ravier   

Terroir: 40 + years vines on Clay, Limestone soils in Bandol

Vinification: All grapes are harvested by hand. After de-stemming, grapes are fermented with natural yeast and vinified for 2 to 3 weeks in stainless steel. After maceration is finished and must is pressed, the wine is moved to oak foudres for malolactic fermentation.

Aging: Oak foudres (25 to 50 hl) for 18 to 20 months Bottled unfined and unfiltered

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. 81 years later, this special bottling is made for Lulu, who on December 11, 2017, turned 100.

 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.

This bottle can AGE. Keep it in your cellar for a few years (like twenty), or, enjoy it in the near future over a meal with your closest friends or family. Remember to decant it if you drink it young– this is 75% Mourvedre which can be as dense as a dying star. The Grenache, Cinsault, and Carignan blended into this helps soften it a bit, but like Lulu herself, this wine is a bold reminder of how great you can become with time.

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