At Domaine Tempier grapes from our different vineyards are skillfully blended to create this wine made up of between 70 and 75 Mourvedre (depending on the year) combined with Grenache Cinsault and a hint (2) of old Carignan. This fruity well balanced wine can be enjoyed after 3 or 4 years but develops extremely pleasant tertiary aromas (leather animal and undergrowth) with further ageing. The wines balance gives it an ageing potential of 15 years or more.
The cuvee classique blend combines grapes from the estates different terroirs. In the area known as Le Petit Moulin de la Cadia named after its windmill the vines grow on south-facing terraces stretching out over hilly terrain.
Aromas of dark fruit. Intense smooth tannins. After 5 or 6 years of aging the wine will develop notes of leather forest-floor and small red fruit."
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When Lucie "Lulu" Tempier married Lucien Peyraud in 1936, her father gave them Domaine Tempier, an active farm that had been in the family since 1834, near Le Plan du Castellet, just outside the Mediterranean seaport village of Bandol. Tasting a pre-phylloxera bottle of Domaine Tempier Bandol (a wedding gift from his father-in-law) inspired Lucien to research the terroir of Bandol extensively. Up until that point, old vineyards planted with Mourvèdre had been systematically replanted to higher-yielding varietals. However, more research not only showed its historical roots to the area, but the grape proved to be more resistant to oxidation, producing wines with great aging potential. By 1941, with the assistance of neighboring vignerons, Lucien worked with the I.N.A.O. (Institut National des Appellations d'Origines) to establish Bandol as its own A.O.C. Needless to say, large-scale replanting of Mourvèdre ensued, and Bandol now requires a fifty percent minimum in all reds. Lucien will forever be celebrated as the Godfather of Bandol, but also as the man who revived Mourvèdre to its former glory. Raising deep and structured wines of such refinement and longevity has made Domaine Tempier truly a grand cru de Provence.