2009 Chateau Pradeaux Bandol Rose
Producer: Chateau Pradeaux
Grape Type: Mourvedre
($30) Orange-tinged pink. Redcurrant, blood orange and brown spices on the nose, with a sexy floral overtone. Deep in red berry and sweet citrus flavors but also chewy and tightly wound. Finishes with solid grip and resonating notes of dusty herbs, flowers and minerals. This wine will age, as a recent bottle of 1999 recently demonstrated. (Rosenthal Wine Merchant, Pine Plains NY)
Provence, which stretches from Nîmes to Nice, is best known as a bottomless source of pink wine. But across the region, numerous Provence appellations produce highly distinctive red wines that express multiple variations on a ripe, Southern theme; the most famous appellation is Bandol, which is noted for powerful game- and earth-scented red wines based on the sturdy, late-ripening Mourvedre grape.
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A sparsely planted variety found predominantly in the southern Rhone, Provence, and elsewhere near the Mediterranean coast, Mourvedre is best known for its place in powerful game and earth-scented reds. One is mostly likely to encounter the grape in wines from the southern Rhone. Here, Mourvedre takes its place blended with...
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