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2020 Bandol Rosé, Domaine Tempier: Final Call

Domaine Tempier

 

Domaine Tempier’s Rosé is one of Provence’s, and indeed the worlds, best rosés. A wine that sells out each year upon release and is consistently among our most in demand wines thanks to its loyal and ever growing collector base. We are delighted, therefore, to be able to offer a final parcel of the excellent 2020 vintage – available now for immediate delivery – which will help tide you over until the release of the 2021 later this year.

 

2020 Bandol Rosé, Domaine Tempier

£267 per 12 bottles in bond

(£352.55 per case or £29.38 per bottle inc. duty and VAT)

“Light orange-pink. Expressive, mineral-accented orange zest, red currant, nectarine and succulent floral and herb aromas take on a spicy nuance with air. Lively and sharply focused in the mouth, offering concentrated red berry, pit fruit, tangerine and honeysuckle flavors and a hint of tarragon. The mineral and floral notes drive an impressively long, precise finish that leaves white peach and spice notes behind. Drink 2021-2028.”

93/100, Josh Raynolds, www.vinous.com

 

The Estate

Domaine Tempier is the benchmark producer in Bandol and was established in 1834. An old family estate, it was with the marriage of Lulu Tempier and Lucien Peyraud in 1936 that Tempier really got into its stride. Lucien focused on the Mourvèdre grape, becoming a great proselytiser for the qualities of this overlooked variety, and played a key role in the formation of the Bandol AOC in 1941.

Now, almost 90 years on, the Domaine remains one of France’s most respected and enjoys a cult-like following.

 

The Rosé

It is unquestionably one of the finest in Provence and is often hard to come by given that it only makes up a tiny part of the production at this famous red wine estate. 

The Rosé is made from fruit grown on steep slopes mostly facing the sea. Low yields, hand harvesting and sorting ensure only the best grapes make it back to the winery. Here, they are fully de-stemmed and pressed with a cold maceration on the skins to extract just the right amount of fruit aromas and colour. The Mourvèdre, about 50% of the blend, lends body and complexity whilst the Grenache lends fruit weight, Cinsault and Carignan bring spice and floral notes. The wines are aged in a variety of different sized oak (25 to 75hl) for between 18 and 20 months for added complexity.

In its youth, it's everything you want from top rosé: delicate, pure, mouth watering, with depth and subtle concentration of flavour. However, Tempier is one of the most age worthy rosés in the world, with the capacity to develop in bottle for up to 10+ years after the vintage. With this ability to age, many are often keen to stock up, safe in the knowledge that having a case or two left over at the end of the summer is no disaster whatsoever.  

Delicious both now and for a decade or so to come, don’t miss this final opportunity to add a case two to your cellar. With the weather set fair for the weekend and Easter fast approaching, the opportunity to open a few bottles with family and friends should not be missed.

The parcel is available for immediate delivery to your home cellar and delivery is free for orders over £500. As ever, for any questions or queries we are always at the end of the phone or available by email.