The material here is quite good and the wine is balanced and complex, there is good depth. I found the structure to be so firm right now, the tannins like a brick wall - I think it needs a lot more time before revealing its full potential. Another decade maybe.
Visiting Chateau Pradeaux in July, 2013 (Chateau Pradeaux, Bandol): Pradeaux is not a modern styled wine, but this 2004 which was made by Cyrille Portalis seems even more traditional. Ligther color, nose showes some evolution, but not mature. Almost Burgundy-like, with red berries and tobacco. Far from being extracted, loosely knit texture, red fruits in the taste as well. Feels having low alcohol, it's leaner, with old school styled, rustic, coarse, never resolving tannins. Rather charming than truly outstanding, if anything, this resembles to a traditional Brunello. Will live long.
Opened several hours prior. Purple fruit on the nose with a nose mix of currants and red berries. Briary fruit palate with a little pepper and cedar spice. Very prominent fine tannins. Repeating purple fruit on the finish with some smoke and touch of meat. For the most part, surprisingly clean fruit throughout. Could use some time to soften.
Taste off vs Domaine Tempier. Couldn't be more different. Tempier relatively elegant, fruity though very tight at opening. Pradeaux also tight at start, not much bouquet, then opened into a funky and very nice earthy wine.
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