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.’
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, Rosé 2016 – R 365
50% Mourvèdre, 28% Grenache, 20% Cinsault and 2% Carignan. Limpid orange-pink. Vibrant, mineral-accented cherry pit, peach, raspberry and melon scents, along with building orange pith and floral nuances. Stains the palate with incisive red berry, citrus fruit and lavender flavors that deftly blend depth and liveliness. Shows superb tension and intense mineral character on the strikingly long finish, which leaves bitter quinine and blood orange notes behind. – Josh Raynolds, Vinous.com, 94/100
More orange-pink colour than most of the rosés in this ghostly pale Lea & Sandeman line-up – although you’d hardly call it ‘deep’. Almost a relief to have a relatively fat juicy nose compared with all those wan Provences. Little bit of satsuma, bit of pomegranate, hint of spice. Definitely spicy on the palate! Wow – such a difference. You can feel the body and alcohol. Real oomph. Begging for food! Bold. Almost meaty. Lots in the mid palate and lovely chewy structure, but dry and elegant and confident. Drink: 2018 – 2024. – Tamlyn Currin, JancisRobinson.com, 17/20
Tempier, Cuvée Classique 2015 – R 435
At Domaine Tempier grapes from our different vineyards are skilfully blended to create this wine, made up of between 70 and 75% Mourvèdre (depending on the year) combined with Grenache, Cinsault and a hint (2%) of old Carignan. A deep ruby colour. Aromas of dark fruit. Intense smooth tannins. After 5 or 6 years of ageing, the wine will develop notes of leather, forest-floor and small red fruit. – Domaine Tempier
Tempier, Blanc 2016 – R 395
White wine accounts for just 3% of Domaine Tempier’s total wine production. It is made from grapes grown on the estate’s finest vineyards which benefit from limited exposure to sunshine. This results in the grapes ripening slowly which allows the wine to mature with good balance after spending 8 to 10 months in oak casks. Blended from a mix of Clairette, Bourboulenc and Ugni Blanc varieties, the white develops strong mineral notes on a fresh palate with an attractive aroma of citrus fruits mingled with white blossom. For drinking within 6 to 8 years. – Domaine Tempier