2009 Château Pradeaux Bandol Rosé

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There is the appellation of Bandol with its plethora of producers, some good, some mediocre; and then there is Chateau Pradeaux, the unique, inimitable, standard bearer for this ancient wine-growing district. The Château Pradeaux is situated on the outskirts of the town of St. Cyr Sur Mer which lies directly on the Mediterranean Ocean between Toulon and Marseilles. The estate is owned by the Portalis family which has owned this property since before the French Revolution. The domaine is currently under the direction of Cyrille Portalis, who continues to maintain the great traditions of this estate. Although the major part of the vineyards are planted to Mourvedre, the Château Pradeaux Bandol rosé is composed of Cinsault and Grenache as well as Mourvedre. After a short maceration on the skins, in order to extract a light color, the juice is fermented at low temperatures to retain freshness, fruit and bouquet. After being aged in stainless steel cuves, the wine is normally bottled in May or June of the year following the harvest. It is one of the richest of the rosés of France; dry but full-bodied with a floral bouquet. It is a very limited production wine as most of the production at Château Pradeaux is used to make the formidable Bandol Rouge.

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Staff Image By: Steve Greer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/30/2010 | Send Email
Given the success of the Tempier there is a market for the roses of Bandol and you should try this one as well. The nose is melon, cantaloupe and a flinty minerality. The crisp mouthfeel is full of melon, spice and minerality with the spice and mineral aromatics filling the finish. One of my favorite roses this season. This wine is made in limited amounts since most of the grapes go into their fantastic Bandol rouge.

Staff Image By: Jeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/1/2010 | Send Email
A fantastic wine for the summer. The Pradeaux has an elegant and inviting pink color. It has beautiful aromas, but what impressed me the most , was that that the Pradeaux was full bodied and so soft in the month. It is also dry and balance and will taste great alone or with lighter foods.

Staff Image By: Jacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/22/2010 | Send Email
Our first Bandol rosé of the 2009 season, and what a Bandol! Pradeaux is right up there with Tempier and Ott in quality. Perhaps a little bit richer. Without a doubt one of the grandest rosé from france. Full of flavor. Peaches, nectarines and even a touch of guava, and an intense flowery nose. Of course is completely dry This is a wine for a great summer dinner.

Staff Image By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/22/2010 | Send Email
Just what you expect in Bandol rosé: bright red fruited nose, with a tighter structure than most other rosé wines out there. Yes, you do pay for tighter structured rosé. But this is amongst the best out there. I'll take best in class over any old $30 bottle varietal, AOC or DOC wine everytime. Though I digress. For the curious, stash a couple of these away for a year or two. They will likely taste even better.

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