Chateau Pradeaux 2020 Cotes de Provence Rose

$ 14.99

This bottling used to bear a Bandol AOC labeling, but after the 2012 vintage the winemakers decided to change the blend and go with the less restrictive  Cotes de Provence AOC.  The source vineyards are still in Bandol, but the addition of Clairette and Bourboulenc to the blend required the appellation change and the blend continues to evolve each year.  And we approve, the lighter crisper style and color is more refreshing and an easier drink on our hot and humid NC summer days (although if you looking for the fuller, darker red style we've got those too!).

This vintage is mostly Carignan and Mourvedre with other classic Rhone/Provence varietals rounding things out.  Its a fresh, crisp, classic Provencal Rosé that offers floral, strawberry, and fresh fennel notes on the nose. Lighter and less earthy than the last vintage, this will delight lovers of very pale, elegant Rosés.The palate is delicate, sheer, bright, and stony.

 

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