Domaine Tempier: The world’s greatest rosé – Wine Advocate

Domaine Tempier

The world’s greatest rosé – Wine Advocate

‘In Bandol, no other winery rivals the influence of Domaine Tempier’ – Wine Spectator

For decades, the iconic Peyraud family have made a rosé that’s considered the best in the appellation – and it's one of Wine Cellar’s favourites to import and share with South Africa. The 2022 Rosé is a ‘classic Bandol’, writes Yohan Castaing of the Wine Advocate. Grapefruit, florals, citrussy acidity and a creamy, red-fruit driven mid-palate make this lovely to behold now, but it should really light up in the next three to seven years. At a vertical tasting of the estate’s wines, Jancis Robinson MW noted that the 1988 Tempier Rosé was ‘probably the finest pink wine I have ever drunk … creamy and suggestive of macerated rose petals but with a bone-dry finish’.

‘Tempier’s garrigue-scented pink wine is so popular that it runs out long before the next vintage is available,’ says Jancis. This is your chance to get your hands on one of the most famous and sought-after rosés in the world. We’re delighted to offer a 3-pack today – two bottles of the Tempier Rosé alongside one bottle of their flagship red – the 2020 Bandol Rouge ‘Lulu & Lucien’.

Tempier Rosé & Rouge Pack

‘Nowhere else in the world does the idiosyncratic Mourvèdre reach such heights as in the little appellation of Bandol, on France’s Mediterranean shores.’ – Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate

Tempier’s 2020 Bandol Rouge ‘Lulu & Lucien’ is a blend of 75% Mourvèdre, 14% Grenache, 9% Cinsault, and 2% Carignan. It’s everything Bandol Rouge stands for, starting with pure black fruit, smoke, black olives, florals, and dried herbs, then moving with amazing energy and depth to a graphite, stony minerality, a fleshy palate and tangy acidity. Those who enjoy the wines of the Rhône will love this.

Located in the heart of Bandol, on the Côte d’Azur, Domaine Tempier was established during the reign of Louis XV (1715-74). The house was built in 1834 and the estate gained recognition in 1885 after winning its first gold medal. Domaine Tempier has been run by the Peyraud family since 1936, and their 38 hectares are spread over several parcels planted on steep, sun-drenched slopes that face the sea.

View their tiny-volume red single-vineyard cuvées here, as well as the increasingly scarce Bandol Blanc.

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