"Apparently, way back when they were assembling the great 2007 Bandol Rouge, there was one stubborn 45-hectoliter foudre that tasted fine on its own but simply wouldn’t play well with the others in any blend permutation. Not sure what to do with it, Cyrille and Etienne simply let it rest—and rest, and rest.
This is from a cask of Bandol from an epic vintage that had spent over nine years in barrel, developing a depth and intensity of character rare even for Pradeaux. We told Etienne on the spot we’d take all they had, and together we came up with a plan to release the wine as a special bottling—a Rosenthal Wine Merchant exclusive (save for the handful of cases they’re understandably saving for their own personal consumption), in celebration of our 35 years of happy partnership.
On the nose you get violets, cigar, dried figs, and plums, all framed by an intense iron element. Super-concentrated on the palate (as befitting the quality of the vintage), its chewy tannins are just beginning to show mercy, and one can sense a secondary savory streak beginning to shine through the thick wall of fruit and spice. Clients often ask if we have any older Pradeaux for sale, and we are excited to be able to say that, yes, indeed we do—a new, old Pradeaux, and a one-of-a-kind that will surely not last long in our warehouse." - Rosenthal Wine Importer
Wine Spectator: 91 Points
The tobacco, warm ganache and espresso notes lead the way in this version, with plum and blackberry paste flavors held in check by a pronounced charcoal spine and a tight core. Singed mesquite and cedar accents guide the finish. This may prove too roughly hewn for some folks, but offers solid depth and range. Best from 2015 through 2022