2013 PRADEAUX BANDOL ROSE
Recommended by Eric Asimov-NewYork Times 5/23/2012.
The estate is owned by the Portalis family which has owned this property since before the French Revolution and is currently under the direction of Cyrille Portalis, who continues to maintain the great traditions of this estate.
Although the major part of the vineyards are planted to Mourvedre, the Chateau Pradeaux Bandol Rose is composed of Cinsault and Grenache as well as Mourvedre. After a short maceration on the skins, in order to extract a light color, the juice is fermented at low temperatures to retain freshness, fruit and bouquet. It is one of the richest of the Roses of France; dry but full-bodied with a floral bouquet.