Here is the appellation of Bandol with its plethora of producers, some good, some mediocre; and then there is Château Pradeaux, the unique, inimitable, standard-bearer for this ancient wine-growing district. Etienne Portalis is the 14th successive generation winemaker that is maintaining the uniquely old-school position Pradeaux holds within the appellation. This includes making a more serious, structured and age-able Rosé.
Produced from 75% Mourvedre and 25% Cinsault, via direct-press with no maceration and a bit of lees aging, it offers a rich, evocative nose of violets, blueberries, and sea salt. The palate is full and powerful, with plenty of acidity and a mineral-drenched, gently tannic finish.