Chateau Pradeaux 2016 'Le Lys' Bandol Rouge AOC
Item Number: 16123
Sub Region: Provence
Appellation/AVA: Bandol AOC
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Grape(s): 85% Mourvedre / 10% Grenache / 5% Cinsault
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
Soil Type: Limestone clay
The Portalis family reserves their oldest vines for their flagship Bandol Rouge, and employs their younger plantings of Mourvèdre, complemented by splashes of Grenache and Cinsault, in the Le Lys—which we are excited to debut in the outstanding 2016 vintage.
Comprising 85% Mourvèdre, plus roughly 10% Grenache and 5% Cinsault, Le Lys is destemmed around 50%, in contrast to the old-vine cuvée which is always fermented entirely whole cluster. Etienne employs destemming here not to craft an easy and forward wine, however, but to preserve equilibrium in a cuvée whose younger and less substantially sappy fruit may threaten to be overwhelmed by stem tannins. Le Lys spends two years in large oak casks; it’s a long enough stint for its elements to harmonize beautifully, but the fruit remains ever so slightly juicier and more primary than in the old-vine Bandol Rouge. This wine delivers plenty of leather and a thick wall of ultra-black fruit, and even if it is less imposingly built than the flagship wine, it is far more serious, authoritative, and layered wine than most of what the appellation produces—and it is unmistakably Pradeaux to its core.