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2014 Tempier Bandol Rosé

Posted by Ian McFadden

Offering a three year old rosé in the middle of fall would typically seem like total insanity, but Tempier is special.

Tempier belongs to a very small class of rosés that really flourish in the cellar. It shares this unique status with wines like Château Simone, Cotat and Valentini's Cerasuolo. A year ago we drank a glorious bottle of 2012 Tempier Rosé.

There are few rosés that serious wine collectors love as much as Tempier. And that makes it really tough to find in quantity.

Tempier's Rosé has an amazing ability to deliver both seriousness and joyful drinkability. It's hard to think of another rosé that pulls this off this well. It offers depth, power and cut alongside a dazzling, bright backbone of minerality. It's one of those wines that no matter how much you purchase, you always end up feeling like you haven't bought enough.

The 2014 flaunts the grippy textural elements along with plenty of zippy freshness. There's a fascinating complexity to the wine - flowers, herbs, citrus, spice and a subtle, scorched earth minerality are in interplay.

Tempier was one of the early pillars of Kermit Lynch's portfolio and has served as the standard-bearer of Bandol for well over a half-century. Levi Dalton's I'll Drink To That! interview with Tempier's winemaker Daniel Ravier is well worth listening to for insight into the domaine.

I'll wrap this up with a warning. I expect this modestly sized parcel to disappear quickly. When people see Tempier on offer, they buy without hesitation. Please give us your ideal order and we'll try our best.

To order, please email or call the store at (212) 980-9463.

Ian McFadden

Director, Fine & Rare Wine
Crush Wine & Spirits