2018 Chateau Pradeaux Bandol Rose, Provence, France

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For Bandol Rose there is Domaine Tempier, Domaine Terrebrune and then there is Chateau Pradeaux, the Bandol Rose to end all Bandol Rose. The history of Chateau Pradeaux dates back to 1752 with the same Portalis family that has run the domaine from the beginning. Actually it was Jean-Marie-Etienne Portalis who inherited the estate in 1752 and helped draft the Napoleonic code of transferring family inheritance of property equally among all offspring that still governs the ownership of France's vineyards today. However it has not been a seamless, idyllic experience for the Portalis family as the property was destroyed during the French Revolution of 1789, followed by the devastation of phylloxera in the 19th century and again was badly damaged during WWII. Thankfully, Suzanne Portalis and her daughter, Arlette, set out to revive the estate after the war and help re-establish its importance in the region. Today, Arlette's son, Cyrille, runs Chateau Pradeaux and their Bandol Rose is considered the creme de la creme for its incredibly complexity and ageability. This 2015 is a blend of 50% Cinsault and 50% Mourvedre and is 100% outstanding. It is one of the more richly toned roses made in Provence but that might be the key to its brilliance as it almost drinks like a light red wine yet still has the refreshing acidity and crisp finish one would expect from a Bandol rose. A truly great wine!

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