After years of asking for an allocation, we have finally received a small lot of 2016 Rosé and 2014 Cuvée Classique from Domaine Tempier. According to the Wine Advocate, ‘the wines are at the top of the hierarchy in terms of quality [in Bandol].’ We also hope to receive an allocation of the single vineyards in the near future.
Located in the heart of the Bandol terroir, 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 ha of land is spread over several parcels planted on steep, sun-drenched slopes that face the sea.
For those that don’t know the wines of Bandol, the rosés are unparalleled. Based on the Mourvèdre grape, the Tempier has a unique structure and richness; a white wine with red wine gravitas. The Cuvée Classique is also Mourvèdre-based and is powerfully savoury with a fine structure that will appeal to all Rhône-lovers.
These are 2 utterly classic and delicious wines that will age well for a decade or more. In fact, ‘the 1988 Tempier Rosé was probably the finest pink wine I have ever drunk,’ wrote Jancis Robinson after tasting it 27 years later, ‘creamy and suggestive of macerated rose petals but with a bone-dry finish.’
Tempier, Cuvée Classique 2014 – R 415
An impressive barrel sample, the 2014 Bandol Cuvee Classique shows surprising depth and concentration in the vintage. Notes of dark fruits, mineral and peppery, Provencal herbs all emerge from this medium to full-bodied, beautifully pure, elegant 2014 that should drink reasonably well on release. – Wine Advocate, 89-91 points
Tempier, Rosé 2016 – R 345
Bright white cherry and watermelon rind notes are pure and racy, gaining a light savory hint through the finish and showing an echo of white pepper. Pure, with latent depth, this should go into reserve for fall and winter drinking. – Wine Spectator, 91 points