Provence / Red / Mouvedre, Grenache, Cinsault / Organic
Bandol AOC, Provence
* Please note that because there is limited stock of this wine it is not subject to any further discount.
One of Domaine Tempier's single parcel cuvees Tourtine is Located near Castellet, this terroir is extremely windy but also exposed to the sun from sunrise to sunset. The grapes are hand-selected in the vineyard and in the cellar; de-stemmed, crushed and put into concrete vats for 3 or 4 weeks fermentation thanks to indigenous yeasts. The wines then age in large oak vats for 18 months before being bottled.
Notes on the producer
Tempier has stood as a preeminent domaine of Provence for decades. Its wines have put the small appellation of Bandol on the fine wine map, and are testament to the fact there is much more to Provence’s vinous offering than rosé to enjoy. Talented winemaker Daniel Ravier makes superb wines for the Peyraud family from Mourvèdre, with some Syrah, Grenache, Carignan and Cinsault. Their single vineyard wines are some of the greatest expressions of terroir in the fine wine canon, and have decades-long ageing potential. The estate enjoys a cult-like following, particularly in the US.
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.