2018 Chateau Pradeaux Rose Cotes de Provence
Importer's Notes: Chateau Pradeaux also produces small quantities of a Cotes de Provence Rosé, and the 2018 is phenomenal. Made from 60% Mourvedre, 30% Cinsault, and 10% Grenache, from vineyards just outside Bandol proper, it smells of strawberry jam, black pepper, and nutmeg. The palate is broad and mouthfilling, with firm minerality and a complex, satisfying texture. It’s actually far closer to their Bandol rosé in spirit than it is to most commercial-tasting Cotes de Provence rosés, but it is nonetheless consciously a bit more easygoing and airy in its personality.