Join us for a truly special evening discovering the wonderful world-class and age worthy wines of AOC Bandol in Provence. Our excitable focus is on the famous estate, Domaine Tempier, with the man in charge of the estate, Daniel Ravier, taking us through a very special vertical tasting of six back-to-back vintages of their classic Bandol.
In south-eastern France lies the picturesque, sun-drenched region of Provence. Cicadas loudly sing their songs in the dramatic hillside villages dotted with cypress trees and red-tiled roofs amidst a patchwork of purple, yellow and green. The scent of garrigue (wild thyme and lavender) wafts through the air mingling with the aromas of Mediterranean cuisine: onions, garlic and tomatoes simmering in olive oil; the smell of freshly cut lemons, fish frying and meat roasting. Within these fragrant hills situated on the coast is a centuries-old winemaking tradition, with the town of Bandol producing some of the finest wines in Provence, famed for Mourvedre.
“There aren’t many wine names as resonant as Domaine Tempier Bandol” (Jancis Robinson)
“Of all of the domaines we represent, no other serves more as our cornerstone, stands more in the defence of terroir, and is more intricately interwoven with our own history, than that of the iconic Peyraud family of Domaine Tempier” (Kermit Lynch)
The fabled and celebrated Domaine Tempier has a long history going back to 1834 when it was an active farm, winning a gold medal for its red wine in 1885. Leonie Tempier, then the guiding force behind the winery, was more concerned about quality than quantity when it came to her wines. In the 1930s Leonie’s granddaughter, Lucie (known as “Lulu”), married Lucien Peyraud (photo right and below), an aspiring winemaker, and was given Domaine Tempier as a wedding gift from her father. Lucien fell in love with the Mourvèdre grape and became instrumental in reviving it and the whole Bandol wine growing region to its former glory. For years Lucien was president of the winegrowers organization for the promotion of Bandol wines. His passion and advocacy gave him recognition as the “spiritual father” of Bandol.
When Lucien retired in the early 1970s, the winemaking torch was passed on to their sons François and Jean-Marie. For 30 years they produced vibrant wines while continuing their parents' legacy of embracing the future while honoring the past traditions of caring and respecting the environment. Preparing for retirement in 2000, François and Jean-Marie hired a new manager and winemaker, Daniel Ravier. Daniel now carries on the great tradition and style of the domaine both in the vineyards and in the completely refurbished cellar. The property, always organically farmed with no chemicals of any kind used in the vineyard or the winery, is now completely biodynamic as well.
Domaine Tempier Bandol Classique
This is the cornerstone of the estate, coming from nearly 20 hectares of 40+ year-old vines. The typical blend is75% Mourvèdre, 14% Grenache, 9% Cinsault and 2% Carignan.
Tasting Date: Friday 16th April 2021 at 6:30pm (the tasting will last approximately 2 hours).
TASTING FEE STRUCTURE:
For this special two-hour tasting, an exclusive tasting kit is included in the listed price which includes a 75ml tasting sample of each wine, as well as tasting mat, tasting note paper and pen. Note: Tasting kits will be despatched to attendees within the week leading up to the tasting. Please confirm your postal address in the delivery form contained in the order confirmation email.
DON'T WANT TO RECEIVE A TASTING KIT? We understand that not everyone will want to receive the wine samples, and would rather just register to participate in the online evening without the wines. That is absolutely fine! The fee to just register for this evening without receiving a tasting kit is £10. Just enter the promotional code: 90REGONLY when checking out to ensure you just pay the registration cost.
Tasting Kit: What's Included:
Wines Included in Tasting Kit:
Bandol classique 2016
Bandol classique 2015
Bandol classique 2014
Bandol classique 2013
Bandol classique 2012
Bandol classique 2011 (out of magnum)
Daniel Ravier along with West London Wine School founder Jimmy Smith will host this exclusive tasting live at 6:30pm on Friday 16th April 2021. This single-evening tasting will be approximately 2 hours in length.
Unable to commit on the evening? No problem! Anyone registered for this tasting will gain access to the video recording of the live event, so you can always revisit any of these at anytime in the future - whether its because you missed participating in the live evening or if you want to revisit the presentation at a later date.