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Domaine Houchart Cotes de Provence Rose 2012 750ml

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Salmon pink in the glass, this light colored rosé is typical of its region. A shy nose of mixed berries and citrus are punctuated by the sweet hint of ripe strawberries. Layers of both tart and sweet strawberries appear on the palate, enhanced by bits of mixed herbs. As we swallow, the fresh and solid acidity shows itself, and fades off into the Mediterranean sunset. I fell in love with rosé during a trip to Provence when it was particularly hot. Rosés have always been about the weather, for me. Grab a bottle or two of this, and get ready to refrigerate it, as you keep an eye on the weather forecasts this summer.

The grape varieties used are those traditional to Provence and balanced to give the best possible results with ages of 30 to 50 years : Grenache, Cinsault, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Carignan and Mourvèdre for red Côtes de Provence varieties and Clairette and Rolle for white and Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah vines for Vin de Pays. The vines are left to trail on the ground in the traditional "gobelet" fashion, other than the Syrah and young vines which are trained on wires.


WS 87  This lush version is full of juicy flavors of cherry and raspberry, with accents of honeydew melon and cardamom. Drink now. 18,000 cases imported. -KM, Wine Spectator, 87 Points

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