This classic Provençal rosé is loaded with floral and fruit-driven flavors of strawberry, peach skin, and pomegranate, all of which are harmoniously woven together by citrus-driven acidity. Produced from 55% Mourvèdre, 25% Grenache, and 20% Cinsault.
Why We Love This Rosé
This benchmark Bandol rosé is crafted at the hands of one of Provence's most legendary producers. Domaine Tempier’s Provençal roots run deep. Seriously, not many producers in the area know Provence’s soils like this family. We love proprietor Lulu Peyraud’s spunk and zest for life (at 102 years old, nonetheless!) and we definitely see these traits reflected in her powerhouse wines.
Region/Appellation - Bandol
Bandol is a coastal village located in the heart of France’s southerly Provence region. Its eponymous wine appellation spans approximately 1,550 hectares of vines, most of which lay scattered around the small seaside town itself. Bandol wines are produced in red, white, and rosé format, though the region is best known for its powerhouse red and ageworthy rosé productions. These wines tend to have high percentages of Mourvèdre, as the appellation requires that this variety comprise at least 50% of the blend (reds). Rosés from Bandol account for about one-third of the region’s total production. Because of their high percentages of Mourvèdre, these rosés are rather savory, food-friendly, and cellar-worthy -- seriously, we’re talking decades in the cellar. These bottles are no joke.
About the Winemaker
Back in 1936, Lucie ‘Lulu’ Tempier married Lucien Peyraud. Lulu’s father gifted the couple Domaine Tempier, a Provençal farm located just outside the village of Bandol. Lucien instantly became passionate for the region, as well as the grape variety Mourvèdre. While other winemakers were uprooting their vines and replanting them with more ‘fashionable’ fruit, Lucien continued to fight for Mourvèdre and its overlooked potential. Along with a small group of winemakers, Lucien is credited with helping put Bandol on the official appellation map (1941). Although Lucien has passed, Lulu is still present at the estate and is sharper than ever, ready to dole out an inappropriate joke or share a story from harvests passed at any given moment. Daniel Ravier is the current winemaker at Domaine Tempier. He produces 11,000 cases of wine every year from the farm’s 38 hectares, all of which are farmed organically.
In addition to her world-class wines, Lulu Tempier is also known for her epic bouillabaisse (Provencal fish stew) recipe. We can’t think of a better dish to serve alongside this delicious bottle of rosé, though if your appetite is smaller, French-inspired appetizers (think gougères, pissaladière, or black olive tapenade) will also do the trick.