Friday, November 12, 2010
We host an exceptional tasting series on thursday nights here at 67 wines and spirits. This tasting was inspired by Bar Boulud's amazing sommelier Michael Madrigal. Michael has a great twitter feed and often tells us about his special large format by the glass pours (always only 25$ glasses, and often very, very very good older wines!). To that end we decided that we would take on a night of special bottles every week. These are always a Thursday night tasting- and next week will feature Antinori wines! Last night was a Bandol tasting- here are my notes which I prepared for both our customers and our staff.
The standard of the region, I have followed these wines avidly for several years. At first it was hard to get a hold of their wines, but as we have had all of them for the last several years, we get a nice supply of these stunning wines. The blend is 70-75% Mouvedre (the main grape in the Bandol AOC) and Grenache, Cinsault and a bit of old vine Carignan. 2008 was an interesting vintage, with beautiful fruit and a lighter body then several other vintages. Cherry and wild herbs and it will develop into leather, wild cherry and more body will come with time.
Chateau Pradeaux Bandol
These half bottles are from one of the most famous old estates in Bandol- with a young winemaker at the helm I expect more great things from them in the next few years. This wine is unblended Mouvedre, and the 2005 vintage was spectacular in Bandol (as it was in most of France). Complex and built for long aging this wine is just coming into itsearly drinking period (even in half bottles!!). Flavors of dark raspberries and wild herbs as well as the rich forest floor, this wine is perfect for heavy foods and has great weight already. Enjoy with a steak tonight!
Not quite all Mouvedre, this wine is blended with a little Merlot and a bit of old vine Grenache as well. A quote from our owner- "not a wine for beginners!" this is a wine with a lot of funk: earthy, gamey, and intense the fruit ranges between red and black, and is supported by quite a racy acidity for a Bandol. Of course, being made predominantly from the Mouvedre grape it has the typical notes of wild herb and leather as well as the earthy funk notes. I love this wine for its atypical nature and stunning intensity.
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