Like No Other: 2015 Tempier Bandol Rosé

Posted by Ian McFadden

Tempier belongs to a very small class of rosés that really flourish in the cellar.

It's a sunny, warm(ish) day here and seemed like the perfect time to bust out this stash of Tempier's rosé that just arrived.

To distill things down, Tempier is simply special. 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 so well. The 2015 is a perfect example. It offers depth and power alongside a dazzling, bright backbone of minerality. Regardless of vintage, Tempier's Rosé is one of those wines that no matter how much you purchase, you always end up feeling like you haven't bought enough.

Like the rosés from Château Simone, Cotat and Valentini's Cerasuolo, Tempier possesses a structure and complexity that makes for fascinating drinking. This is especially true after a few years of age. A short time ago, we drank a glorious bottle of 2012 Tempier Rosé.

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.

Any time that we offer Tempier's Rosé, I have to close with a warning: I expect this modestly sized parcel to disappear quickly. When people see Tempier on offer, they jump on it. Please give us your ideal order and we'll try our best.

To order, reply to or call the store at (212) 980-9463.

Ian McFadden

Director, Fine & Rare Wine
Crush Wine & Spirits