Chateau Pradeaux 2018 Bandol Rose AOC
Item Number: 12897
Sub Region: Provence
Appellation/AVA: Bandol AOC
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Grape(s): 80% Mourvèdre / 20% Cinsault
Type: Wine - Rose
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 14
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
Vintage Notes: Etienne Portalis continues to refine his approach to making rosé at his family’s singular estate, and his 2018s are phenomenal in their complexity and vinosity. However, it was not an easy road to get there. In addition to the mildew pressure that plagued the entire south of France, a June 23rd hailstorm reduced Pradeaux’s crop by an additional 10%, and rapidly spiking temperatures at harvest put Etienne and his team under the gun. The rosés were harvested between 14% and 15% potential alcohol, yet they do not bear heat as there is a density of material which buffers it well.
Wine Notes: Pradeaux’s iconic Bandol Rosé really shines in 2018, with even greater complexity and length than usual. Etienne included press wine (around 20%) in the rosés for the first time, and he is pleased—as are we—with the extra dimensionality such a treatment seemed to provide. (In a region so coveted for rosé that one could easily rest on their laurels and crank out commercially viable product by rote, it’s refreshing to see someone like Etienne continuing to hone his craft in such a thoughtful manner.) A third of the wine was fermented in a new 50-hectoliter foudre (but moved immediately to tank following the spontaneous fermentation), which contributes a subtle granular cling on the palate and opens up the wine a bit aromatically. The ultimate effect is not one of oak flavor but of an expansion of textural range. While never a simple sipping wine, the 2018 is particularly vinous, offering real density and richness, yet retaining a freshness of spirit at the same time.