Domaine Tempier Bandol La Tourtine 2015 1.5L - Bottle Shop of Spring Lake

Domaine Tempier Bandol La Tourtine 2015

Domaine Tempier Bandol La Tourtine 2015 1.5L
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SKU 04289

1.5L Bottle


The extremely rare, small production, single vineyard La Tourtine Bandol is made of 80% Mourvèdre, 10% Grenache and 10% Cinsault from 40 + year old vines. La Tourtine vineyard sits just above Cabassaou vineyard. The soil at La Tourtine is more homogeneous, with rich clay and limestone. La Tourtine produces powerful, tannic wines with gorgeous fruit character.  All grapes at Tempier are harvested by hand . This wine's grapes are de-stemmed, then fermented with natural yeast and vinified for 2 to 3 weeks in stainless steel. After maceration is finished and must is pressed, the wine is moved to oak foudres for malolactic fermentation, aged in oak foudres (25 to 50 hl) for 18 to 20 months, bottled unfined and unfiltered.

Domaine Tempier truly stands for the defense of terroir, and is intricately interwoven with the history of the great importer, Kermit Lynch. The iconic Peyraud family of Domaine Tempier has established an impeccable reputation for their authentic Bandol wines of Provence. When Lucie “Lulu” Tempier married Lucien Peyraud in 1936, her father gave them Domaine Tempier, an active farm that had been in the family since 1834, near Le Plan du Castellet, just outside the Mediterranean seaport village of Bandol. Tasting a pre-phylloxera bottle of Domaine Tempier Bandol (a wedding gift from his father-in-law) inspired Lucien to research the terroir of Bandol extensively. Up until that point, old vineyards planted with Mourvèdre had been systematically replanted to higher-yielding varietals. However, more research not only showed its historical roots to the area, but the grape proved to be more resistant to oxidation, producing wines with great aging potential. By 1941, with the assistance of neighboring vignerons, Lucien worked with the I.N.A.O. (Institut National des Appellations d’Origines) to establish Bandol as its own A.O.C. Needless to say, large-scale replanting of Mourvèdre ensued, and Bandol now requires a fifty percent minimum in all reds. Lucien will forever be celebrated as the Godfather of Bandol, but also as the man who revived Mourvèdre to its former glory. Raising deep and structured wines of such refinement and longevity has made Domaine Tempier truly a grand cru de Provence.

Lulu and Lucien raised seven children, and nourishing family, friends, and wine lovers at table is a regularly celebrated tradition at the domaine. Much of that is attributed to Lulu, the beautiful, Marseillaise materfamilias who has carried on the great Tempier family ritual of serving guests fresh, cool rosé, hearty, soulful reds, and copious amounts of delicious homemade Provençal cuisine. Her traditional hearth cooking has attracted attention throughout France, even bringing Alice Waters over from California to learn in Lulu’s kitchen. When Lucien retired, sons François and Jean-Marie shared management of the domaine with François in the vineyards and Jean-Marie in the cellars. The two made a formidable team. Though Lucien passed away in 1996, and his sons have now since retired, the torch has been passed to the young, energetic, and talented Daniel Ravier, who has just the right savoir faire to carry on the great tradition and style of the domaine.
The celebrity of Domaine Tempier also lies deep in the soils of Bandol. Variations of clay and limestone soils between the vineyards produce wines that are undeniably world class. Whether it is the cult following they have established through their refreshing, age-worthy rosé (once praised by Robert Parker as the greatest rosé in the world), their Bandol Blanc, or the rich distinctive cuvées of Bandol rouge, the wines of Domaine Tempier stand as the proud benchmark when talking about Provençal wines. Through their passion, pioneering, and advocacy for Bandol, the Peyrauds have become legendary.

Category Red Wine
Region France, Provence, Bandol
Brand Domaine Tempier