Lucie Peyraud

Lucie (Lulu) Peyraud is a winemaker and cook born in Marseille, France, on 11 December 1917.[1]

Lucie Tempier was born in a family of Marseille traders on 11 December 1917.[2] In 1940, Lucie Tempier and her husband Lucien Peyraud, took charge of a Tempier family farming and wine estate in Le Castellet (Var, France). Lucien and Lulu Peyraud kept developing their estate and the Bandol "protected designation of origin" (appellation d'origine contrôlée, AOC) with the ambition of making it one of the very great wines of France.

After the second world war, Lucie had the opportunity to travel the world with her husband to learn about world wines and techniques, and to promote French wines (South Africa, Germany, United States, Austria, Bulgaria, Chile, Georgia (former USSR), Greece, Italy, Mexico, Romania). Lucien Peyraud was the President of the Bandol Wine Association for 37 years (1945-1982). He was also a member of the INAO in 1947 and of the International Organization of the Vine and Wine (OIV), as an auditor in the Oenology Commission.[3]

Lulu has been a key figure in the history of the estate, mother of seven children, sharing the same passion as Lucien, she became the great ambassador of the wines of Domaine Tempier. Entrepreneurial and communicative, she traveled throughout France to present their wines to restaurants and hotels and contributed to the commercial success of the Tempier estate and to the reputation of the Bandol AOC.

During the annual "Young Cinematography International Meetings" (Rencontres Internationales du Jeune Cinéma) in Hyères (1965-1983), Lucie and Lucien have repeatedly offered the Tempier Vineyard as a place for meetings and exchanges for actors and young filmmakers who came to present their films at the festival. In 1983, Lucie participated in the creation of the "Order of the Ladies of the Wine and the Table," (Ordre des Dames du Vin et de la Table) and was the president of this association for three years.

Thanks to her sense of hospitality combined with her talents as a cook, Lucie has delighted the hosts visiting the estate. Her typically Provençal recipes earned her a reputation on the other side of the Atlantic with personalities who were marked and influenced by the talent and lifestyle of the couple,[4] such as the chef, restaurant owner, activist of the "Slow Food" movement, and author Alice Waters,[5][6][7] the food critic and writer Richard Olney,[8][9] the writer Jim Harrison,[10] or the wine merchant Kermit Lynch.[11][12]

Richard Olney dedicated an entire book to her cooking in 1994: "Lulu's Provencal Table: The Exuberant Food and Wine from the Domaine Tempier Vineyard."[13]

She turned one hundred years old in December 2017 and Steve Hoffman published an article in The Washington Post on January 12, 2018.


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  3. ^ "Si Bandol AOC m'était conté", by Lionel Heinic 72 pages, Editions Scriba (1992) - Collection : La Provence des Réussites, Série Terroir.
  4. ^ "A pilgrimage to Provence, where Lulu lives," by Sarah Jay, 25 June 1997, The Washington Post
  5. ^ "A tiny Frenchwoman has had a huge impact on food in America," by Steve Hoffman, 12 January 2018, The Washington Post.
  6. ^ "Alice Waters & Chez Panisse : the romantic, impractical, often eccentric, ultimately brilliant making of a food revolution" by Thomas McNamee, published by The Penguin Press, 2007.
  7. ^ "40 Years of Chez Panisse: The Power of Gathering," by Alice Waters (Text), Michael Pollan (Postface), Calvin Trillin (Preface), published by Clarkson Potter, first edition, 23 August 2011.
  8. ^ "Richard Olney: the quiet American who found his soul in Provence," by Tim Adams, The Guardian, 23 December 2010.
  9. ^ "Richard Olney, 71, a Writer Of the Joys of French Cooking," by R. W. Apple Jr, The New York Times, 4 August 1999.
  10. ^ "The Raw and the Cooked: Adventures of a Roving Gourmand," by Jim Harrison, paperback 288 pages, Grove Press, 17 September 2002, ISBN 978-0802139375, French version translated by Brice Matthieussent.
  11. ^ "Adventures on the Wine Route: A Wine Buyer's Tour of France" by Kermit Lynch, september 1990, 288 pages, North Point Press, (ISBN 0374522669)
  12. ^ The Paris Travel Services Interview : "A Conversation with Kermit Lynch," by Terrance Gelenter, 2 December 2016.
  13. ^ "Lulu's Provencal Table: The Exuberant Food and Wine from the Domaine Tempier Vineyard", by Richard Olney, first edition in 1994 by HarperCollins Publishers, New York, second edition in 2002 by Ten Speed Press, Berkeley, third edition in 2013 by Grub Street, London.


  • "Les Vins de Bandol," under the direction of Maurice Stagliano, published by Autres Temps, 2006.
  • "Le Bandol," by Pascal Perrier, published by Nouvelles éditions Loubatières, 2013.
  • "Off to the Side: A Memoir," by Jim Harrison, paperback 288 pages, Grove Press, 8 August 2003.
  • "Jim Harrison ne mangera plus de tête de veau," by Jacky Durand, Libération, 28 March 2016.
  • "Big Jim Harrison," by Nicolas Ungemuth, Le Figaro, 27 March 2016.
  • "Jim Harrison, L’ours en sa tanière," by Charlotte Rotman, Libération, 23 October 2012.
  • "Le Var et les Etats-Unis : Partenaires Particuliers," by Lilian Renard, Var Matin, 2 November 2008.
  • "Adieu, Olney : American Defended The Honor And Pleasures Of French Cooking," by William Rice, Tribune Food and Wine Columnist, The Chicago Tribune, 11 August 1999.
  • "Richard Olney, 71, a Writer Of the Joys of French Cooking," by R. W. Apple Jr, The New York Times, 4 August 1999.
  • "Eating from the table of contents : Richard Olneys New Recipe Book," by Emily Green, The Independent, 12 August 1994.
  • "Elizabeth David Is Dead at 78; Noted British Cookbook Writer," by Marian Burros, The New York Times, 28 May 1992.