Châteaux Pradeaux is located in Bandol AOC, of Provence, France, near the magnificent coastal town of Saint Cyr-sur-Mer, situated on the Mediterranean Sea. I imagine there are breathtaking views of the azure waters from the vineyards and estate of Château Pradeaux. 🌊
Generations of the Portalis family have produced wines from this estate dating back to 1752. The land has seen devastation such as the French Revolution, Phylloxera, and World War II, and yet today it remains strong, carrying forward the family traditions, thanks to the fortitude, will, and courage of the Portalis family. 💪
👁 It is medium ruby with garnet rim variation. It has a subtle haze, perhaps because this wine was not fined nor filtered.
👃 On the nose this wine has a baked, black fruit quality, with notes of blackberry, plum, and black cherry 🍒 ; also notes of dried lavender, anise, clove, cedar, nutmeg, tobacco, leather, peat moss, meat, and barnyard.
👄 On the palate, this wine is dry. It has medium acidity, a medium(+) body, medium alcohol, high tannins, and medium(+) intensity in flavors that are consistent with the nose.
The grapes were not destemmed in the winemaking process, which has undoubtedly contributed to the strong and grippy tannins experienced in the glass. This wine benefits from decanting and could also benefit from more time in the bottle. 👍
In sum, this wine tells a story of commitment, perseverance, and respect for the land from which it’s cultivated. It’s made with minimal intervention and has 95% Mourvèdre and 5% Grenache. 📚
Château Pradeaux, Bandol Rouge, 2014, ABV 13%. — 4 months ago
This Temecula wine is a medium dark beauty. It offers up a bit of oak on the nose, but it smells beautiful. Smoke, vanilla, tobacco, dark fruit. It may be a little heavy-handed, but it's enticing. The palate doesn't completely follow suit, though. It tries to be a Rhône, but trips up about at Pinot Noir. One or the other, okay. In between, not so much. The wine tastes pretty good, but it's a bit thin, with some tartness that's not really welcome. Nice try, but it misses. There are plenty of good wines being made in Temecula, though, so don't let this scare you away. — 3 years ago
So very very good. Crisp. Light. — 6 years ago
This was a delight! It looked a bit light when pouring, but showed abundant fruit on the nose which carried to the palate. Well balanced with a touch of acid, but quite enjoyable and pleasing to drink. I will not hesitate to buy more! — 9 months ago
Pet Nat Lambro pairing with Picard, pizza and perseverance. Power to the pleasures in life. Wow is this a refreshing treat. Thyme flavored not-sweet honey on white toast. Oh that texture though, as sharp as the nose is the tongue is plush. Toasted grapefruit and lemon curd. Or...could you make a grapefruit cord? Could I? Should I? This wine is redirecting my life. — a year ago
Full bodied deep dark fruit, licorice and leather flavors with a lingering finish — 3 years ago
Light and airy. — 5 years ago
In honor of our best friends who gifted us this excellent bottle several years ago. Many congrats and love to my man @Kevin Løk who I have been lucky to spend the majority of the last 16 years hanging out and having good times with. This wine has notes of perseverance and well-earned success for Kevin and Caroline. You will be dearly missed. — a year ago
Super smooth with slight sweet aftertaste — 5 years ago