2017 Cuvée Classique Domaine Tempier
|Grapes||Mourvèdre, Syrah, Cinsault, Carignan, Grenache|
The Estate’s prominent cuvée blends the discreet strength of Bandol with the elegance and finesse which characterize Tempier. This complexity is a result of different terroirs of the estate and the variety of its clay-limestone soil located around the Estate and also in La Cadière, Sainte Anne d’Evenos, and Ollioules. There is a multiplicity of soil types from pure limestone to ancient sandstone and limestone marls. In addition there are various altitudes and sun or wind exposures. The wine is a blend of Mourvèdre (around 75%), with Grenache and Cinsault, and, in small proportions, Carignan and Syrah, with vines at an average of 35 to 40 years old. Winemaker's notes (Jul 2020)
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Domaine Tempier is an old family estate, owned by the Peyrauds since Lucien Peyraud married Lucie Tempier in 1936. The family was largely instrumental in getting the appellation of Bandol established in 1941. The reds are the quintessential expression of Mourvèdre, grown on terraced vineyards on steep hills around the 'plan du Castellet'.
Traditional vinification using indigenous yeasts, the wines are aged in a variety of different sized oak (25 to 75hl) for between 18 and 20 months. These are wines which are capable of long ageing, but even young they have a finesse of fruit and earthy flavour, coupled with fine-grained tannins, which lift them above the generality of Provençal reds.
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