Some recent travels threw up some nice moments – we were in Bandol and after family lunch at Domaine Les Luquettes I took the chance to see if we could visit Domaine Tempier, grandaddy of them all in Bandol.
Veronique, the granddaughter of Lucien Reynaud (the man who gave us the Tempier of today), was both generous in showing us around and treating us to a tasting, including the treat of a 1988 Cabassaou! Here are a couple of photographs: Max witnessing the vineyard end of transhumance for the first time, and Veronique holding a copy of a certain famous cookbook, click here you cookbookistas... now there’s a little history. To get hold of Tempier wines in the UK contact Jason or Tom at Yapp Brothers.
Lucien Reynaud's granddaughter Veronique, with a copy of her grandmother Lulu's lauded Provençal cookbook
And on the other side of the world, a recent trip to Australia saw the vinyl, natural, tattooed, small-plated, brickwork operations well established, of course. However, amidst the 50 Best junket – me a fringe attendee – someone did leave me with two Australian “natural”, oh, let’s call them “not-so-longer-new-wave" wines, to taste. If you can find them, try them: Si Vintners Margaret River 2016 Lello and Salo Yarra Valley 2015 Chardonnay – New World triumphs.