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Domaine Tempier 'Lulu & Lucien' Bandol Rouge 2021

$88.00

The Estate’s prominent cuvée blends the discrete strength of Bandol with the elegance and finesse which characterize Tempier. This complexity is a result of different terroirs of the estate and the variety of its clay-limestone soil located around the Estate but also in La Cadière, Sainte Anne d’Evenos, and Ollioules. There are sandy marls, limestone greseux from santonien, rudist limestone and recent barely deep horizons of colluvions. Plus, there are various sun or wind exposures.

Mourvèdre (~ 75%) with Grenache and Cinsault and a smaller proportion of Carignan and Syrah. Average age of the vines: 35 – 40 years.  Clusters are hand-selected in the vineyard and in the cellar; de-stemmed, crushed and put into concrete vats for 3 to 4 week to ferment thanks to indigenous yeasts. Aged in large oak casks for 18 months minimum before bottling. Conservation : from 4 to 15 years to develop the cuvee’s complexity: ruit and other aromas (woody, tobacco, old leather..). Depending on the vintage, conservation can be longer.

In 2020 Mrs Lucie Peyraud, better known as Lulu, passed away soon after the harvest, at the age of 103. She joined her husband Lucien in  ‘Winemakers’ Paradise.’

To express gratitude to these renowned persons of the domain (and the region),  the family has decided to rename the basic « Classic » cuvée:  “Lulu & Lucien”  upon  release of the 2020 red wines. 

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