The La Migoua area is renowned for its geological features and is often studied for its complex sediment patterns. The outcrops of rocks found in this area date back much further than those in the rest of the Bandol winegrowing area. The effect of one tectonic plate sinking beneath another (subduction) can actually be observed here. During the geological formation of the Alps, the lower layers folded themselves over the younger upper layers. The other unusual feature of this area is the huge geological fracture found in Val d'Arenc which is the reason for the outcrops of rock layers dating back to the Triassic age (200‚–250 million years ago). The vineyard's parcels are intertwined among this wild landscape of scrubland and pine forest. - Winery Note
A visit to cult wine legends Domaine Tempier really solidified what ‘terroir’ is all about. As you enter the vineyard you’re surrounded by wild flowers, lavender, and rosemary and thyme in a natural abundance that can only be explained through a glass of their wine. The family owned and operated biodynamic estate situated in Bandol on its clay-limestone soils is a benchmark of good wine in the region . - Chris L
Lucie "Lulu" Tempier was gifted Domaine Tempier, the Provençal farm that had already been in the family for over a century, when she married viticulturist Lucien Peyraud in 1936. Lucien, on tasting a bottle of pre-phylloxera wine from the domaine (also a wedding gift), was inspired to research the terroir of Bandol, and its strong history with the sun-loving, drought-tolerant, Mediterranean-thriving Mouvèdre. Despite many of the old vines in the region being replanted with more lucrative, higher-yielding varietals, even orchard fruits, Lucien worked with neighbouring vignerons to establish the AOC of Bandol in 1941, with the spicy, intense and age-worthy Mouvèdre to account for at least 50% of the blend with Grenache and Cinsault in the reds. This spiciness, intensity and ageability is of course ever present in the domaine's most famed cuvée: the Rosé.
The legacy of Lulu and Lucien in their passion for the land, the terroir and the history of Bandol is continued through the domaine's biodynamic farming principles. - Peta W
|Product Type||Wine Red Mourvedre Mataro & Monastrell|
|Winemaking Practices||Minimal Intervention|