Multiple and complex, the terroirs of Domaine Tempier form a mosaic of plots with very rich geological soils spread over 60 hectares. The topologies and exposures are very varied and the vineyards are old. La Bastide au Plan du Castellet, la Migoua, la Tourtine, Cabassaou… each terroir is carefully observed and worked to reveal all its character through four great cuvées.
Domaine cuvées are produced in small batches to better reveal the quality of the terroirs and the old, mature vines. Red, rosé or white, everyone will be seduced by these wines created to be shared. In the vineyards, in the cellar or on the estate, they all perpetuate the reputation of the great Bandol wines. All of them simply express the pleasure of creating and gathering around wine. “Make wine like the landscape.” This was Lucien Peyraud’s ambition when he created the estate. This respect for the terroir remains our guiding principle today, with one ambition: to let it express all that it has to offer.
“Ça cabasse = that’s what it means.” The name of Cabassaou echoes the warmth of this terroir protected from the Mistral by the Castellet hill. In 1.50 hectares, a small amphitheater of ponds with shallow soils is aerated by thermal winds. Here, the quintessence of old Mourvèdre and Syrah grapes, at least 60 years old, is expressed in the cuvée from the Cabassaou plot.
The Bastide :
La Bastide is the soul of the Domaine. The first vines of the Rounard-Tempier family were planted here. On the Plan du Castellet, where tall cypress trees float like ship’s masts, Mourvèdre, Grenache, Cinsault and Carignan vines stretch over 7 hectares. Blended with the other Tempier terroirs, the Bastide terroir is now used in the composition of the rosé and red wines of the Cuvée Classique.
Close to the village of Le Castellet, on a slope favorable to the Mourvèdre with southern exposure, this terroir has the particularity of being extremely windy but also very sunny. Here, the vines mature easily. The deep soils are composed of sandstones and loams from the Santonian period (85-90 Ma), with a strong presence of clay and a little gypsum. The excellence of this 5.5-hectare terroir constitutes the cuvée La Tourtine, based on the plot.
Purchased in 2016, these 18 hectares facing east, on 300 meters of slope, constitute a piece of land with exceptional potential. Less spicy, it is mainly used to enhance the freshness of whites and rosés.
The Migoua :
In the massif of Le Beausset Vieux, at almost 300 meters of altitude, La Migoua takes place in a wild environment of garrigue. A remarkable geological accident has formed very complex soils. A charriage nappe joins a geological inversion in which older clayey-calcareous subsoils from the Triassic period are exposed. The cuvée from the Migoua plot, made from a fine selection, expresses all the uniqueness of this 11-hectare site.