Medium red, showing bit of age. Nice soft berry mourvedre nose, quite aromatic - menthol? Some leather, ripe, some tannins on finish but now mellowed out and ready. Good if a touch rustic round the edges.
This is now ready for business, the tannins have finally lowered their profile. Good nose of prunes, figs and a whiff of garrigue strawberries, the latter dominating the flavours, with some cherry and a touch of kirsch. Tastes like a spicy Margaux, very enjoyable.
Apres 4 heures d'ouverture: Superbe nez, très belle complexité, notes d'épices , de figues confites, de pruneaux. Très belle attaque en bouche, beaux arômes, longueur correcte, tannins encore marqués malgré son âge.
Unbelievable, still a bit closed. We tasted this alongside the other top Bandol wines (Tempier, Pibarnon, Ott, etc, etc) and the Pradeaux stood out as the most tannic and backward of them all (both the 1998 and the 2004 Pradeaux were tasted). It has just the faintest nose of oxidization, a fairly sweet core of fruit, but a bit unbalanced towards the acid side. I'm not buying any Pradeaux more, due to this backwardness, and who wants to wait 20 years for a Bandol anyway?!?
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