The terroirs of Tempier domain are various and complex and form a patchwork of plots with geological diversity soils spreading on over a 60 hectare area. The domain has diversified topologies and exposures as well as old vines. La Bastide au Plan du Castellet, la Migoua, la Tourtine, Cabassaou… Each terroir is watched and worked with care so as to release its whole personality through four great cuvées.
This is kind of like the soul of our domain. The very first vines from the Rouinart-Tempier family were sowed on this site.. Mourvèdre, Grenache, Cinsault are spreading here on a 7 hectare area in Le Plan du Castellet where tall cypress trees are floating like ship masts. With the other tempier terroirs, La Bastide is today part of the composition of Cuvée Classique rosé and red wines.
Located near Castellet, this terroir is extremely windy but also exposed to the sun from sunrise to sunset. These wines mature easily on the hillside. The soil is composed of sandstone and marl of the Santonien (75-90 Ma); gypsum can be found on the surface. Although located at the top of the hill, the soil is relatively deep with a lot of clay. La Tourtine blends power and elegance. The cuvée is selected from this exceptional terroir of only 5.5 hectares.
This 18-hectare piece of land bought in 2016 is oriented east, south–east, located at 300 meter altitude. It is a terroir with an exceptional potential. As it is less hot, it is mostly used to emphasize the freshness of white and rosé wines.
Located on the Beausset Vieux hillside, at an altitude of 300 meters, La Migoua consists of scattered parcels circled by wild scrubland. An extraordinary geological accident formed very complex soil. A sheet of rock was added to a geological reversal with older underground rock layers of limestone, dolomite and dedo-lomite. The rugged relief provides different exposure to the sun (east, west and south), generally less affected by the Mistral, a strong northwesterly wind. The select La Migoua cuvée expresses all the specificity of this 11-hectare site.
A patchwork of other various small terroirs composes the Cuvée Classique among which …
The Cabassaou cuvée (ça cabasse = gives a hefty punch) is from a terroir with small stone walls, at the bottom of the Tourtine, protected from the Mistral wind and spreading on 1.5 hectare. The vines benefit from a very warm microclimate with thermal winds. Paradoxically the vines are located at the bottom of the hill but the soil is not deep and the yields are very small. They give a very dense, tight wine, typically Mourvèdre , with an exceptional aging potential.
« Make wine as the landscape » was Lucien Peyraud’s ambition when he created the domain. This respect for the terroir is still our guideline today with an ambition : let it reflect what it has for us »
Daniel Ravier, director of Domaine Tempier