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2018 Bandol Rouge Magnum

Domaine Tempier
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Domaine Tempier epitomizes the idea of open-armed hospitality—it's no coincidence the great Provençal cuisine of matriarch Lulu Peyraud has been immortalized in Kermit's early writings as well as in Richard Olney's recipe books, such as Lulu's Provençal Table. One could even argue that Lulu's influence on Alice Waters and her pioneering restaurant, Chez Panisse, shaped America's culinary landscape over the last forty years. Alice wrote: “It is impossible for me not to love the wines of Domaine Tempier. Once you have visited the Peyrauds in their 17th-century house surrounded by perfectly tended vines, eaten Lulu's garlicky food cooked over the coals, and drunk the wines with Lucien in his cellar, it is clear that they love wine and they love people drinking wine. Their dedication and belief in the beauty of the ancient Mourvèdre grape is positively convincing.”
       With the chewy, fragrant cuvée, something garlicky cooked over coals will do just fine. In the cooler months, a rich Provençal stew will ensure that you stay warm—check out Richard's compilation of Lulu's recipes for inspiration.

Anthony Lynch


Technical Information
Wine Type: red
Vintage: 2018
Bottle Size: 1.5L
Blend: 75% Mourvèdre, 14% Grenache, 9% Cinsault, 2% Carignan
Appellation: Bandol
Country: France
Region: Provence
Producer: Domaine Tempier
Winemaker: Daniel Ravier
Vineyard: 40+ years, 19.16 ha
Soil: Clay, Limestone
Aging: Aged in oak foudres (25 to 50 hl) for 18 to 20 months
Farming: Organic (practicing)
Alcohol: 14%

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About The Region

Provence

map of Provence

There is perhaps no region more closely aligned with the history of Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant than Provence. While Kermit began his career as a Burgundy specialist, he soon fell in love with Provence and its wines, notably the legendary Bandols of Domaine Tempier, which he began importing in 1977. He later began living in the area part-time, returning frequently between tasting trips, and today he spends most of his time at his home just outside of Bandol.

Provence is thought to be France’s most ancient wine region, established when Greek settlers landed in the modern-day port city of Marseille in the 6th century BC. The conditions here are ideal for cultivation of the grapevine, with a hot, dry climate and a prevalence of poor, rocky soils, primarily limestone-based, suitable for vines and not much else. The ever-present southern sunshine as well as the mistral, a cold, drying wind from the northwest that helps keep the vines free of disease, are crucial elements of Provençal terroir. Wild herbs from the pervasive scrubland, called garrigue, and cooling saline breezes from the Mediterranean also contribute to the quality and character of wines in all three colors.

Provence is well known for its rosés, but red wines have always held importance here. The very best, such as those from Bandol, possess great depth and a capacity for long-term aging. The white wines, notably those of Cassis, offer weight balanced by a maritime freshness, making them ideal pairings for the local seafood. Mourvèdre reigns king for red grapes, supported mainly by Grenache and Cinsault, while Clairette, Marsanne, Rolle, and Ugni Blanc are the region’s principal white grapes.

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Inspiring Thirst

A good doctor prescribed the wine of Nuits-Saint-Georges to the Sun King, Louis XIV, when he suffered an unknown maladie. When the king’s health was restored the tasty remedy enjoyed a vogue at court. Lord, send me a doctor like that!

Inspiring Thirst, page 117