Tempier has become so famous for its Rosé that many insiders now decry it as too expensive. I think that is unfair. Tempier makes one of the best Rosés in the world and, if you compare it to other ‘wines’ (as opposed to marketing driven afterthought pink stuff), it is a bargain at its price point. Exemplified: this is a hand harvested blend of Mourvedre, Grenache, Cinsault and Carignan using a trio of direct pressing, short maceration and saignee methods and a serious attention to the terroir of provence and the clay and limestone soils. If you have been to Provence, this wine evokes precisely the feeling of that place better than any other.
I recently reviewed the Gros ‘Noré Bandol Rosé, which is delicious, and quite fairly priced at $32. The 2011 Tempier takes it up a notch, with greater balance and complexity than the Gros ‘Noré. This is a rich wine, no doubt, but also a beautifully balanced wine with an extremely long, mineral laced finish. It is that savoriness in the mid palate and finish that elevates this wine into ‘serious’ territory. It is also guzzlable.
Excellent and Highly Recommended as an iconic wine (and a truly great value as such)
$40 at Marquis Wine Cellars
In finale, I love this quotation taken from Kermit Lynch’s web page on Tempier:
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.