2012 Château Pradeaux Bandol Rosé

SKU #1122902

There is the appellation of Bandol with its plethora of producers, some good, some mediocre; and then there is Château Pradeaux, the unique, inimitable, standard bearer for this ancient wine-growing district. Pradeaux is situated on the outskirts of the town of St. Cyr Sur Mer, which lies directly on the Mediterranean between Toulon and Marseilles. The estate is owned by the Portalis family who 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. (Mulan Chan, K&L Rhone and French Regional Wine Buyer) 13% abv.

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By: Jacques Moreira |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 7/1/2013  | Send Email
Pradeaux is right up there with Tempier, Ott and Cibonne in quality, but a little bit richer. Without a doubt one of the grandest rosés from France. Full of flavor. Intense citrous nose, nectarines and even a touch of guava, and a beautiful flowery touch to go along it all. Of course is completely dry This is a wine for a great summer dinner.

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Varietal:

Rhone Blends

Country:

France

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Sub-Region:

Provence

- Provence encompasses the southeastern portion of France that borders the Mediterranean. The largest appellation in the region is the Cotes de Provence that spans 49,600 acres of land in and around Marseilles. Thirteen different varietals are grown in this appellation with the most important grapes being Carignan, Cinsault, Grenache, and Mouvedre. While much of the production is dry rose, there are many more serious wines being made from the area. Some of the most important smaller appellations within Provence include Bandol, Coteaux d'Aix-en-Provence, and Coteaux Varois.
Alcohol Content (%): 13