1605 SAN PABLO AVENUE, BERKELEY, CA 94702   |   510.524.1524

KERMIT LYNCH WINE MERCHANT

Technical Information

Wine Blend Vine Age Soil Type Vineyard Area*
Bandol Blanc
60% Clairette, 18% Ugni Blanc, 19% Bourboulenc, 3% Marsanne 20 years average Clay, Limestone 1.6 ha
Bandol Rosé
50% Mourvèdre, 28% Grenache, 20% Cinsault, 2% Carignan 20 years average Clay, Limestone 13.55 ha
Bandol Rouge
75% Mourvèdre, 14% Grenache, 9% Cinsault, 2% Carignan 40 + years Clay, Limestone 19.16 ha
Bandol Rouge
Cabassaou
95% Mourvèdre, 4% Syrah, 1% Cinsault 50 + years Clay, Limestone 1.5 ha
Bandol Rouge
La Migoua
50% Mourvèdre, 20% Grenache, 26% Cinsault, 4% Syrah 40 + years Clay, Limestone 10 ha
Bandol Rouge
La Tourtine
80% Mourvèdre, 10% Grenache, 10% Cinsault 40 + years Clay, Limestone 5 ha
* "ha" = hectares; one hectare equals roughly two and a half acres

VITICULTURE / VINIFICATION

Bandol Blanc :

• All grapes are harvested by hand

• All grapes are de-stemmed and crushed

• Grapes are cold soaked on the skins before fermentation

• After malolactic fermentation is finished, wine is aged in foudres for 8 to 10 months


Bandol Rosé:

• All grapes are harvested by hand

• 3 techniques are used to make the rosé: direct press, short maceration, and saignée (5%)

• Wine ages in cuve for 6 to 8 months


Bandol Rouge:

• All grapes are harvested by hand

• After de-stemming, grapes are 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


The Terroir of Domaine Tempier:

The three single-vineyards of Domaine Tempier are: La Migoua, La Tourtine, and Cabassaou. All are made up of clay and limestone, but there are variations in each. La Migoua is made up of heterogeneous clay that varies in color between red, ochre, and blue. At 270 meters, it sits at the highest altitude of all the vineyards. The parcel’s complex sedimentation is largely due to the subduction of a tectonic plate which has surfaced the oldest rock outcroppings in the whole of the appellation. Surrounded by garrigue and pine forest, the grapes translate to earthy, gamey wines. La Migoua has the smallest amount of Mourvèdre in the blend, with the highest percentage of Grenache of the three cuvées. La Tourtine sits just above Cabassaou. The soil here is more homogeneous, with rich clay. La Tourtine produces powerful, tannic wines with gorgeous fruit character. Since Cabassaou sits lower on this hillside, it is protected from the strength of the Mistral, enjoying temperate breezes and maximum sunshine. There is ripeness, density and power in these wines.


MISCELLANEA

In terms of memories, I shared the most intense drunken orgy of my post-college life with Kermit Lynch. For obvious reasons, I can only recall several segments of that evening. It was at Domaine Tempier in the early eighties…Lulu and Lucien Peyraud greeted us with a bottle of well-chilled Tempier rosé. As I recall, several bottles of this rosé were gulped down before we ever entered the house.

Robert Parker

General Information

Country
France
Region
Provence
Appellation(s)
Bandol
Producer
Peyraud Family
Founded
1834
Annual Production
11,000 cases
Farming
Organic
Website
http://www.domainetempier.com

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