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2016 Château Pradeaux Bandol

Mourvèdre Blend

  • France
  • Provence
  • Bandol
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Community Tasting Notes 3

  • 560 B&W Likes this wine: 91 points

    December 24, 2021 - Very young and closed. Much better on day two. 13.5%

  • John Harden Likes this wine: 90 points

    October 27, 2021 - 95% Mourvèdre, 5% Grenache.

    Color: Medium dark to dark ruby.

    A tale of two cities... intense, complex, and intriguing nose. Huge puckery tannins in the mouth (not unusual for a young Bandol).

    Master Sommelier Ian Caube says that young Bandol can present some of the most ferocious tannins in the wine world, along with young Barolo.

    Nose: Medium intense, classic, exciting, young Bandol nose of tree bark spice, black raspberry, dark morello cherry, and a hint of cough syrup medicine. Very Mourvèdre. Fascinating, intriguing, and appealing.

    Even more intense and complex the 2nd and 3rd night.

    Palate: Med-full body and good concentration. But then, pow! Here come the young, gripping Mourvèdre tannins.

    1st night: Big prominent tannins in the mouth. But delicious wine with appropriate cuisine (see below).
    2nd night: Huge, mouth puckering, green tannins. Almost undrinkable. I put this right back on the vacuvin.
    3rd night: MUCH softer and more integrated. This is a hint of what will happen with this wine with 5+ more years of age.

    I love Bandol, it's such a unique red wine with unique cépage and terroir: On the Mediterranean coast of France, east of Marseille, on wind-swept slopes within view of the sea.

    A young Bandol drinks best, IMHO, with grilled meats. Like thinly-sliced, grilled Chateaubriand finished with olive oil and lemon (or salsa verde). Or with open fire, grilled chicken, squab, or quail.

    Optimum drinking window: 2026-2031.
    88-90: now (late 2021).
    90-92: 2026-2031. Will hold and develop up to 20-30 years (in cool proper cellar).

    JGH CMS-III, SF Bay Area.

  • KJD45$ Likes this wine: 92 points

    October 25, 2021 - Floral nose….very nice nose that, for me, is hard to describe..
    The nose is complex and great but hard to delineate…
    Beautiful garnet red color,….cork end was pale which surprised me…..
    Bramble red / blue/ black fruit intermixed with heavy tannin goodness
    Leathery taste and texture…..wowza… big rough and tumble red packed with interesting tastes and textures…I would love to have a case to try over the ensuing decade but , alas, I only have 1 more….
    Hope others can provide input in the years to come…
    $45…. Get it and lay some away…
    92 today but damn it could score higher with time….
    A wine I will remember..
    Damn again, nose just jumped cinnamon and allspice and juniper berry….sangria or winter spiced wine is subtlety present
    Will coravin rest till tomorrow…..
    2 days later….more red fruit, more acidity and minerality, same tannic levels..but largely same profile as PNP….

    1 person found this helpful Comment

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2016
  • Type Red
  • Producer Château Pradeaux
  • Varietal Mourvèdre Blend
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country France
  • Region Provence
  • SubRegion n/a
  • Appellation Bandol

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 1 (1%)
  • In Cellars 136 (96%)
  • Consumed 4 (3%)

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