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2016 Tempier Bandol Rosé

Posted by Ian McFadden

Simply put, Tempier's Bandol Rosé is special.

There are few rosés that serious wine collectors love as much as Tempier.

It 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. Catching a Tempier with 5 or more years of age is delightful.

Having placed Tempier's Rosé in this context, it's easier to grasp why we would offer a rosé in the fall. For the past few years, we've made a fall Tempier offer a tradition. Each year, the offer blows up and we spend the next 24 hours digging our way out of emails.

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.

Tempier possesses a structure and complexity that makes it endlessly fascinating. This is especially true after a few years of age. The 2016 rosé flaunts both a deep structure and zippy freshness. The combination makes for very exciting drinking. The classic profile is on bold display - flowers, herbs, citrus, spice and a subtle, scorched earth minerality.

Tempier 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 us at or call the store at (212) 980-9463.

Ian McFadden

Director, Fine & Rare Wine
Crush Wine & Spirits