We’re delighted to offer you the wines from the iconic Peyraud family of Domaine Tempier in Bandol, France. Producing deep and structured wines of such refinement and longevity has made Domaine Tempier a true ‘grand cru de Provence’.
Alongside their famous Tempier Bandol Rosé, which sells out upon release every year, Mourvèdre finds its truest expression in their rare and long-ageing Bandol reds. We tasted the 2016 Tempier Cuvée Classique Bandol Rouge last week and it was fantastic! It has the darkest of fruits, a stone-like coolness with a savoury dried-herb edge and Cornas-like tannins. This wine will age phenomenally over the next few decades.
‘In Bandol, no other winery rivals the influence of Domaine Tempier in defining the identity of the appellation.’ – Wine Spectator
The 2018 Tempier Bandol Rosé is undoubtedly one of the world’s benchmark rosés. The domaine has developed a cult following with their Mourvèdre-based, fresh, pure-fruited yet savoury spiced, finely structured rosé of near-unparalleled longevity. A vertical showed Jancis Robinson that ‘this iconic Provençal rosé could last as long as 30 years’. She went on to say, ‘the 1988 Tempier rosé was probably the finest pink I have ever drunk.’
To complete the trio, the 2017 Tempier Bandol Blanc is based on Clairette Blanche and is fine, salty and aromatic with both texture and richness. Terroir-driven with wonderful soul, it too will age for a decade or more.
Please note, these wines are all extremely limited.
Tempier, Bandol Rosé 2018
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. 2020 – 2025. – Josh Raynolds, Vinous, 93/100
Tempier, Cuvée Classique Bandol Rouge 2016
Dark ruby in colour, the straight 2016 Bandol Cuvée Classique from Tempier is a winner. Made from 75% Mourvèdre, 14% Grenache, 9% Cinsault and 2% Carignan, this beauty shows pure dark fruits and black spices, along with a stone-like minerality, wild herbs, dried flowers and cured meats. Medium to full-bodied, silky, textured and elegant with terrific purity of fruit, this wine can be enjoyed anytime over the coming 10-15 years. – Jolette Steyn (September 2019)
Tempier, Bandol Blanc 2017
One of the finest whites from this region, the 2017 Bandol Blanc from Tempier is made from 60% Clairette, 18% Ugni Blanc, 19% Bourboulenc and 3% Marsanne. Accounting for less than 3% of Tempier’s production, this incredibly classy and balanced white shows aromas of white flowers, citrus blossom, white peach, fennel and mint. The palate is textured and rounded, yet mineral and fresh, with an underlying salinity that adds to the length and more-ish factor. – Jolette Steyn (September 2019)