February 29, 2020 - First time with an older Bandol. Stood up for several days then decanted off sediment. Now 1.5h later. Wild almost feral gamey meat aromas with herbs, bark, earth and tart red cherries. The gaminess reminded me a lot of northern Rhone syrahs. The palate, though, is rather different. Unripe plums, herbs, bark, earth and still with prominent tannins on the midpalate. Not much of the gamey meats on the palate. Nice acids lend elegance to the complex wine until the tannins kick in. Not the greatest concentration but that's probably the vintage. Nice moderately long finish. After another 1.5h in bottle, flavors become more harmonious and the texture smoothed out a little more. Still with prominent tannins. I think this could still go and evolve for another 5 years but not sure how much longer than that. I worry that the fruit would dry out before the tannins completely resolve. 91+
August 9, 2019 - Goodish but a little bland, so slightly disappointing. The garrigue fruit is there but there isn't enough of it. It could be a tired bottle, but I won't wait long before finishing the rest.
March 4, 2019 - Would certainly continue to improve with time in the cellar. But absolutely delicious and very much approachable now. The tannins are mellow now and the wine is musky, feral on the nose. The fruit is black and has taken on a gentle stewed quality, there are provençal herbs that permeate the wine and there is some licorice showing at the back end. Delicious and very expressive of place.
July 27, 2018 - Flott vin med perfekt modning. Lignet veldig på en bdx!
March 28, 2018 - Dekantert 3 t. Vid åpen nese med sedertre, solbær og menthol. Litt lær. Slank og mineralsk munnfølelse med mørke frukter. Nedslipte tanniner. Veldig old school og veldig bdx like! Litt rustikk avslutning, men perfekt til et stykke lammekjøtt og mørk sjokolade etterpå!
February 27, 2016 - Purchased at the winery and cellared. Quite austere, with the tannins resolved. Enjoyable for its restraint and balance, however a bit short on the finish.
January 1, 2014 - 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.
December 30, 2013 - Vin acheté en FAV. Bu au cours d’une session dégustation à Sceaux. La bouteille ne m’a pas semblé défectueuse, le vin c’est montré fermé. Les tannins sont encore rêches et l’alcool bien présent. On devine des notes de pruneaux. A attendre.
July 22, 2013 - 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.
May 27, 2012 - At dinner, a great value find. Nice rich black fruit nose with some cedar showing early maturity. Palate was smooth with a nice balance of black fruits and acidity. Very good finish.