La Tourtine is a cuvée from a 5.5 hectare plot on the top of the hillside, exposed to the sun and the Mistral. Mourvèdre is fully expressed. A small quantity of Grenache and Cinsault completes the 85% of Mourvèdre.
The grapes, once harvested, are sorted then destemmed and crushed. Fermentation takes place with indigenous yeasts and lasts from 3 to 4 weeks. The wine is aged in tuns for at least 18 months before being bottled.
La Tourtine is a wine that combines power and elegance. This racy wine has a full aptitude for aging: from 5 to 20 years and more.
Bandol is certainly the most famous appellation of the Provençal vineyard, in particular for its powerful, structured, elegant reds, capable of aging for many years.
The Tempier estate is the story of Lucien Peyraud and Lucie Tempier who settled on the estate in 1940. It was Lucien who gave back its letters of nobility to this vineyard, which was too little known at the time. He started planting grape varieties adapted to the stony soil of the appellation. The family story continues with François and Jean-Marie, Lucien and Lucie's sons. The Tempier estate became well known in France, but also began to make a name for itself abroad, particularly in the United States.
Today, it is Daniel Ravier who manages the 38 hectares of this exceptional vineyard. Each grape variety expresses as faithfully as possible the terroir from which it comes.