Tempier, Bandol Rosé 750ml 2018France, Bandol
Owned by the Tempier family since 1834, the Domaine won its first gold medal in 1885 due to the drive and hard work of Lucie’s great-grandmother, Léonie, who had the first winery built. Located in the heart of the Bandol appellation, Domaine Tempier’s 38 hectares are spread over several parcels facing the sea on steep, sun-drenched slopes.
Domaine Tempier is one of the few mid-19th-century family-run wine estates that has stayed true to its past. Here they live as they always have done: according to the rhythm of the seasons, the work in the vineyards and the harvests.
Tempier’s Bandol Rosé 2018 is undoubtedly one of the benchmarks for rosé the world over. They’ve developed a cult following with their Mourvèdre-based fresh, pure-fruited yet savoury spiced, finely structured rosé of near-unparalleled longevity. A vertical of Domaine Tempier showed Jancis Robinson ‘that this iconic Provençal rosé could last as long as 30 years’. She noted that ‘the 1988 Tempier rosé was probably the finest pink I have ever drunk’.
'Shimmering orange. Fresh pit fruit, red berry and floral qualities on the highly perfumed nose, along with suggestions of dusty minerals and orange zest. Juicy, focused and lithe on the palate, offering intense nectarine, red currant, strawberry and candied lavender flavors supported by a spine of juicy acidity. Shows outstanding clarity and mineral cut on a very long, sappy finish that strongly echoes the floral and pit fruit notes.' – Josh Raynolds, Vinous.com, 93/100
'Still in tank at the end of February, Tempier's 2018 Bandol Rose marks another successful vintage for this consistent standout. It's light to medium-bodied, not overly ripe or rich, but all about balance and refreshment. Tangerine and melon aromas and flavors hit all the right notes, lingering on the already elegant finish.' – Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate, 89-92/100
The grapes used to make our rosé come from selected parcels where the vines are on average 20 years old. The yields are low, which explains the intense concentration and distinct expression of each varietal in this wine. The presence of Mourvedre gives this wine its strong character, balance and complexity. An intense fruit and floral nose make this an attractive rosé.The palate is rounded and full with fruity aromas of peach and pomegranate, followed by delicate spice notes and a pleasant freshness created by acidic balance.
The grapes are harvested by hand. In the ripening process, we aim for a hint of freshness with some acidity and slightly less alcohol than for the red wines. The harvest takes place over a one-month period from the last week of August onwards. Harvested into 30kg crates – grape selection takes place in the vineyard and in the chai (winery). After full destemming the grapes are pressed to obtain their juice and cold maceration is performed to extract the fruit aromas and achieve the desired pale colour. Vat bleeding techniques are rarely used. The wine is then vinified by the traditional method used for making white wine, with careful temperature control. The rosé is stored in concrete vats for 8 months before bottling.
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