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 Vintage2006 Label 1 of 15 
ProducerChâteau Pradeaux (web)
VarietyMourvedre Blend
UPC Code(s)3760104356515

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2014 and 2016 (based on 2 user opinions)

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 90.7 pts. and median of 91 pts. in 17 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by Villon on 3/24/2015 & rated 91 points: Un vin fermé, le fruit est en retrait, la finale puissante mais asséchante. Rustique. Le temps pourra-t-il polir le tout? (389 views)
 Tasted by phil the agony on 2/5/2015 & rated 89 points: 2eme fois avec ce vin et j'ai les mêmes déceptions.
Fruits rouges surettes,pas mal tannique.
Un vin fermé et je suis pas certain qu'il va s'améliorer.
89 pts. (423 views)
 Tasted by phil the agony on 3/23/2014 & rated 88 points: Un peu déçu par ce vin qui était très tertiaire et qui manquait de finesse. Prune légèrement confite et une finale moyenne.Carafé un bon deux heures et bu avec un 2003 aussi qui semblait être plus tannique que celui ci.Une finale moyennement longue.J'ai bu de meilleur Bandol que ça dans ma vie ! (1211 views)
 Tasted by YoRi on 1/5/2014 & rated 89 points: Première journée malgré plus d'une heure d'aération, le vin est assez tanique et fermé.
Notes végétales que j'apparenterais à un Cab franc. Les notes fruités apparaissent graduellement, cassis avec une touche d'herbes séchées.
Le lendemain, le vin est plus exubérant, mon appréciation est lié à cette dégustation. Les tanins s'estompent derrière les notes végétales forts intéressantes qui diffèrent du simple poivron vert. ce sont des tiges d'herbes sauvages en bouche. Fort Différent et intéressant, est-ce des traits typiques de l'appelation ?...
Je me propose de conserver plus longtemps les prochaines bouteilles de Bandol. Tout de même un peu cher. (1307 views)
 Tasted by pomelo on 7/6/2013 & rated 92 points: Bandol de facture moderne déjà très ouvert.
Aucun dépôt dans la bouteille malgré le fait que le vin fut mis en bouteille sans collage ni filtration.
Il faut aussi dire qu'avec ses 46 mois en foudre, il n'est pas en bouteille depuis très longtemps.
Belle bouteille! (1655 views)
 Tasted by wineismylife on 7/2/2013 & rated 92 points: WIML92

Tasted non blind at a wine tasting.

Garnet to dark garnet color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of tobacco, smoke, pepper, berries and cherries. Flavors of rich berries, cherries and raspberries. Bright acidity, medium to firm tannin, full bodied. Drink with air over the next 3-5 years. (1720 views)
 Tasted by WDSteers on 2/23/2013 & rated 92 points: Still a ways to go harboring tight tannin and spice. Tar and garrique. Paired with garganella sausage and tomatoes. Would drink again in 2-5 yrs (1826 views)
 Tasted by drwine2001 on 2/7/2013: Out of half bottle. Medium depth and weight. Dark fruit, licorice and tangy acidity. Very clean. (1380 views)
 Tasted by David Strange on 2/3/2013: OK, before I get onto all the weird split personality stuff let me say one thing that is manifestly brilliant about this wine: it will age amazingly well. Give it five or more years and it’ll develop into a soft, scented lovely of grace and charm. It’ll be gorgeous. Right, ready for the insanity? OK, let’s go!

From drinking a lot of 2001 and some 2004 Pradeaux I am used to them being booze-fuelled monsters of terrific tannin and general terror. They were brilliant, old fashioned Bandol that you had to lay down for decades and hope or attack with large knives in the hope of breaking up some of those gum-bleeding polyphenol chains. This is… er… um… NICE! What’s happened? It’s still pretty tannic but those tannins are soft, not powerful enough to turn an entire cow into leather just by showing it the bottle. The booze level is quite moderate too; it’s not going to explode if you put it into a centrally heated room. There’s proper grilled-meat Bandol fruit, but it is sedate and mellow, not spikey and aggressively powerful. This is ALL WRONG. And what is perhaps most wrong of all is that I really, really like it… OOoooohhh… the shame… I feel I am committing some cosmic crime for liking a Bandol that is not as wacked out as the appellation, and this producer in particular, can produce. If someone asked me for a pleasing Bandol wine they could try so see if they liked the appellation I’d recommend this in a grasshopper’s trill. I would then seethe and gnash my teeth that I’d suggested something quite so wonderfully tasty and not a raw Bandol fighting wine experience. This is the best young Bandol I’ve had in years and I will be buying more of it, but couldn’t it just have been a little more frightening? If you do get some definitely age a bottle or two (see above), wines at this price will rarely age with such grace, harmony, refinement and not petrifying terror. Brilliant but… AAAARGH… different and… double AAARGH… better!

Just as an aside, The Editor said, “This is the best bottle of Pradeaux you’ve ever opened; it’s nice and I don’t feel I have to fight it.” (1740 views)
 Tasted by Al Ehrhardt on 2/2/2013: Obviously, still young but very nice. Very earthy, what you expect in a Bandol. (985 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 12/1/2012 & rated 91 points: I read a note on a wine BB that this was open for business and thought to myself, “That can’t be true.” I couldn’t get the thought out of my mind, so I grabbed a bottle from the shop and took it for dinner at Vin Rouge with my hachis parmentier. I’ll be damned if that wasn’t 100% correct. This was more open than any young Pradeaux Bandol I’ve ever had. Hands down. Full of leathery, dark red fruits with that typical tree bark woodsyness that I associate with this wine. Really and truly sauvage and animale, without being dirty or bretty. OK, so this is still Pradeaux Bandol, so it’s not without structure, but it isn’t a mouthful of sand. It opens to show some of the garrigue and lavender you’d expect and served a nice foil to the hearty simple food. Really a dynamite bottle that should easily improve for 5-10 years and last who knows how long. Well, the internet is good for something I guess. (1348 views)
 Tasted by french16 on 11/7/2012: Off the list at Gramercy. I was surprised how well this was already drinking. Herbs and spices with cherry notes. A sense of rusticity both on the nose and palate with a light, but interesting, stemmy/leafy note. Slightly grainy texture, it is a beautiful, old school Bandol with generous fruit, great structure and already showing tertiary notes. Rustic.
Really good ! (973 views)
 Tasted by dbkitc on 8/13/2012 & rated 93 points: Deep ruby color. A gorgeous, animal wine - not two adjectives that typically go together. Deep red and black fruit character with some rubber and cinnamon spice. Really deep and enveloping. Intensity continues to the rough and raw palate. There is so much inner energy and pure fruit that I can say with confidence that this wine will be a winner in 10 to 15 years. (93+) (1295 views)
 Tasted by Ycjb on 8/10/2012 & rated 90 points: Délicieux (1091 views)

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Château Pradeaux

Producer website, in French and English.

Exerpt from a write up at the Mad Rose Group, which represents the US importer, Rosenthal Wine Group:

: "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 Chateau 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.

: The vineyards are cultivated in as natural a manner as possible with reliance on organic methods. In fact, during the spring months sheep are permitted to graze in the vineyards thereby eliminating any need to use herbicides and at the same time providing a natural compost.

: The wines of Pradeaux are brooding and difficult. Produced on the back of the noble Mourvedre, Pradeaux in its youthful stages is tannic, backward, and sometimes ornery. The wines are not destemmed; "elevage" in large oak foudres can last as long as four years; the essential blend is at least 95% Mourvedre; vines of less than 25 years of age are not used for the reds.

: Chateau Pradeaux "Cuvee La Rose Folle", is the standard Pradeaux. It is composed of 100% Mourvedre (old vines). The nose is a mix of honey and white flowers with a hint of animal fur; the color is ruby red; the fruit stains the palate and is lengthened by a near-perfect sense of roundness; the final attack is of ripe tannins that are dusty and sweet.

: Chateau Pradeaux "Cuvee Longue Garde", is born exclusively of the oldest Mourvedre vines on the estate (average age 45 years). Extraordinarily dense, with black notes to the color, the "Longue Garde" is marked by a strong scent of Provencal herbs combined with smoked red meat. This is a complete wine with incredible length; the flavors remind one of macerated plums and black currants. The super-ripe tannins are powerful and in perfect balance with the high fruit extract. This is the wine for the ages.

: Although the major part of the vineyards are planted to Mourvedre, the Chateau Pradeaux Bandol Rose 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 Roses of France; dry but full-bodied with a floral bouquet. It is a very limited production wine as most of the production at Chateau Pradeaux is used to make the formidable Bandol Rouge."

Mourvedre Blend

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