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'Probably the finest pink wine I have ever drunk' – Jancis Robinson

Located in the heart of Bandol on the French Côte d'Azur, lies the incredible property of Domaine Tempier. Dating back to the reign of Louis XV in 1715, the domaine gained recognition in 1885 when it won its first gold medal. Domaine Tempier has been run by the Peyraud family since 1936 and is 38 ha of vines spread over several sea-facing parcels planted on steep, sun-drenched slopes.

For those who don’t know the wines of Bandol, Mourvèdre is the base of all these long-ageing, serious wines and the region is renowned for its rosés. In fact, in 2015 Jancis Robinson wrote, ‘the 1988 Tempier rosé was probably the finest pink wine I have ever drunk,’ after tasting it in a vertical 27 years later, ‘creamy and suggestive of macerated rose petals but with a bone-dry finish.’

 

Tempier Rose 2016

 

The 2016 Tempier Rosé is textured, pure and elegant; like a delicate and fragrant light-bodied red. It is one of the world’s greatest rosés and worth a cracking 94 points from Vinous. The 2015 Tempier Cuvée Classique, which is also Mourvèdre-based, is powerfully savoury and finely structured. It will appeal to those who love the classically-styled wines of the Rhône. The 2016 Tempier Blanc is based on Clairette Blanche and is a fine, salty and aromatic wine with both texture and richness. It too will age for a decade or more.

Tempier also produces 3 single-vineyard, highly sought-after wines which sell out on allocation. Please enquire with Jolette@winecellar.co.za to be added to our allocation list.

 

Tempier Rose 2016Tempier Cuvee Classique

Tempier Blanc 2016All Tempier wines

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