2013 Domaine Tempier,Rose, Bandol, France.
Without question Domaine Tempier Rose is over hyped and expensive, but it still is fantastic, and while I can buy cases of it, I can’t imagine a summer without a few bottles and the new 2013 is delicious and one of the best vintages to date. The famed Lulu Peyraud, the long time matriarch of Domaine Tempier, runs this Provence estate near the glistening Mediterranean sea, the estate has been in the family since 1834, in fact their fame began with a gold medal in 1885. Over the years the amount of Mourvedre has varied, and this year it is only 50% total with 28% Grenache, 20% Cinsault and even a splash of Carignan, but when you think of Bandol, it is Mourvedre that makes it and while the other varietals make complexity and fruity openness, the Mourvedre gives power, intensity and vigor, and the 2013 Rose which is mostly all organically farmed, no chemicals used in the vines, shows great verve and length. This Provencal joy shines bright in the glass with it’s trademark salmon/pink hue and golden edges, this vintage is very fresh with zesty tart red grapefruit leading the way with apricot flesh, watermelon, pepper, orange and wild strawberry finishing with a hint of sour cherry and leaving a steely mineral note. This Domaine Tempier, a French classic, is a vibrant dry Rose of undeniable quality and sex appeal, it is definitely a must have summer wine, it is goes great with all cuisine and will make you root for Les Bleus (French national soccer team) in the World Cup, Viva la France! Plus, it is the perfect way to celebrate the first day of Summer!
($45 Est.) 93 Points, grapelive
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