Old School Legend:
2015 Château Pradeaux Bandol

Posted by Joe Salamone

There are very few wines like Pradeaux being made in France today.

Pradeaux is old school - it's as simple as that.

There's no effort made to tame the Mouverdre that makes up 95% of the wine. Instead, they follow old-fashioned methods like stem inclusion and long-aging in foudres. 

photo of label of Pradeaux Rouge

What results is a subtle, wild wine with a rugged honesty. In short, this is what makes Pradeaux such a moving wine.

What happens to Pradeaux's Bandol with age is legendary. As the fairly light-colored but fiercely tannic wine ages, a rowdy and captivating complexity unfolds.

The 2015 is a powerhouse that expresses Pradeaux's multifaceted personality very well. The aromatics are gorgeous, leading with bright violet accented notes that give way to a mysterious depth of savory elements.  It offers up notes of licorice, tobacco, leather, animal, olive, spices, and floral notes.

Pradeaux has been owned by the Portalis family since 1752. Its close proximity to the Mediterranean Sea is unique, and the cooler temperatures afford the late-ripening Mouverdre an especially long growing season, building nuance along the way.

This is one of those heartfelt wines that really gets under your skin. It's a wine that's loved for its price, its mysterious depth, and its uncompromising style. Don't miss this. 

To order, email offers@crushwineco.com or call the store at (212) 980-9463.

Joe Salamone
Wine Buyer
Crush Wine & Spirits

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