Like No Other: 2018 Tempier Bandol Rosé

Posted by Ian McFadden

Simply put, Tempier's Bandol Rosé is special. Few rosés combine deliciousness and seriousness the way that Tempier's does.

It's a wine that's seemingly loved by everyone and plays many roles for many different people.

Young Tempier Rosé is absolutely delightful with enough depth and structure to stand up to almost any food that you throw at it. It also 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.

The effect is that finding Tempier in good quantity is extremely difficult, and anytime we offer it, we spend the next 24 hours digging ourselves out. As we've said before, this is a wine that's here today and gone tomorrow.

It's hard to think of another rosé that pulls off structure and interest with joyful drinkability so well. The 2018 is a perfect example. It offers depth and power alongside a dazzling, bright backbone. 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.

This is one of those wines that, however much you buy, you'll end up wishing that you bought more. Having said that, I should warn you that when people see Tempier on offer, they jump on it. Our parcel is likely to sell out. Please give us your ideal order, and we'll try our best.

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

Ian McFadden

Director, Fine & Rare Wine
Crush Wine & Spirits

2018 Tempier Bandol Rosé

Special Bottle Price: $39.95

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Special 4-Pack Price: $147.80 ($36.95/btl)