Cabassaou refers to ça cabasse which means "it hits" in Provencal language. This cuvée comes from vines planted in terraces, exposed to the sun and protected from the Mistral wind by the hill of Castellet. The vines of this 1.5 hectare plot are about 60 years old.
Cabassaou is composed of Mourvèdre (92%) then completed by Syrah and Cinsault.
The wine is aged in tuns for a minimum of 18 months. It needs a minimum of ten years to fully develop.
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.