Domaine Tempier's main production is dense, long-lived red wine, but they also produce a minuscule amount of this sought-after, highly allocated rosé. As one of the older wineries in southern Provence, Dom. Tempier saw Bandol through a great deal of tribulation before helping to establish it as a premier growing area. First, Phylloxera destroyed most of the Mourvedre vines (the primary varietal), forcing many desperate vignerons to replant grapes for high-yields instead of quality. In the 1930's, Tempier's Lucien Peyraud began re-cultivating the best fruit possible in order to bring glory back to the region. Now, the wines from Tempier stand with the best France has to offer in price, quality, and age-worthiness. In fact, they're still enjoying rosé from the 1980s at the winery. Drink this in a few years to taste it at its best. We only get a case per year, so grab a bottle or two before it's all gone.
"The grapes used to make this rose come from selected parcels where the vines are on average 20 years old. The yields are low, which explains the intense concentration and distinct expression of each varietal in this wine. The presence of Mourvedre gives this wine its strong character, balance and complexity. An intense fruit and floral nose make this an attractive rose. The palate is rounded and full with fruity aromas of peach and pomegranate, followed by delicate spice notes and a pleasant freshness created by acidic balance." Producer