keith prothero wrote:Well I am going to a Bandol tasting in a couple of weeks and hopefully Jamie Goode will be there plus a SA winemaker,who has spent quite sometime in the Bandol region.
Will post notes in due course.
Otto Nieminen wrote:Now to open a Nero d'Avola - new territory to me!
Bob Ross wrote:Notes: K&L There is the appellation of Bandol with its plethora of producers, some good, some mediocre, and then there is Chateau Pradeaux, the unique and inimitable standard-bearer for this ancient wine-growing district.
Bob Ross wrote:Interesting, Mark. Our waiter in Marseille thought that was true, and a few years ago Parker took that position (not that that determines the matter, of course).
From my diary at the time I bought the 2000 edition:
Parker: Five Stars. One of the most idiosyncratic winemaking estates in Europe! When this estate does everything right it produces the most profoundly complex wines of Bandol. Although inconsistency has been an annoying problem, since the mid-eighties the quality has been exhilarating. I have long been a believer in the wines of Bandol, and these bottlings from Chateau Pradeaux, from unquestionably great vintages, make a persuasive case for this appellation. … Made from 100% Mourvèdre from old vines, Bandol is generally super-intense, rich, powerful, tannic, hugely-structured, and capable of lasting 20-25 years. Although the wine from this property can be a hit or miss proposition, recent releases from the eighties have been more consistent than in the seventies. Chateau Pradeaux and its proprietor Cyrille Portalis are the Bandolian equivalent of Châteauneuf du Pape's Henri Bonneau and Jacques Reynaud - eccentric, idiosyncratic, at times reclusive, yet capable of making the greatest wines of the appellation.
Otto Nieminen wrote:Palate. Very juicy, full of warm fruit which is red toned. It has noticable tannins and fair acidity which to me are however a little swamped by very ripe fruit - which makes this approachable at such a young age. The wine lingers in the mouth for long. Really nice! Bandol rocks!! I think this wine in a little bit cooler year would be something I'd buy cases of.
IIRC, Parker has called Tempier's rosé the finest in the world
Rahsaan wrote:IIRC, Parker has called Tempier's rosé the finest in the world
So now suddenly Parker is an authority worth referencing?
My understanding of Bandol is very limited, but somehow I assumed that Tempier were the people who first made the push towards getting Bandol appreciated outside the region/country, much like Joguet in Chinon, but that now many others (especially Pradeaux and Pibarnon) have caught up, so the distance is less great and there can be debates over which one is "superior". However, recent winemaking trends and specific terroir issues are beyond me. Although they are obviously highly relevant.
Rahsaan, an interesting fact about this area of S France is the number of vigneronnes from N Africa. Have you ever visited this part of France in your travels?
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