Domaine Tempier is one of those renowned old chateaux, from Provence. I first discovered Tempier thanks to Kermit Lynch’s book Adventures from the Wine Trade, which if you’ve not read it is one of the all time classic wine books.
In 1936, Lucie Tempier married Lucien Peyraud and the pair were gifted the family wine estate along with a vintage 19th century bottle of the estate red. That bottle, which was there aha moment in wine, was made from mourvèdre –a grape which had largely been replaced by that point.
Inspired the pair replanted it, and lobbied for the Bandol AOC to be created, driven by terroirs, mourvèdre and ageable Provencal reds.
Today, Tempier make a table white, rosé and red, along with three special reds which all have half a century’s ageing potential.
Remember the name Tempier, and if ever someone offers you a glass snap it up and savour it.