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Once tethered with the not so endearing epithet "the wine lake" the Languedoc–Roussillon has emerged in this more modern era as a wonderful new land of opportunity, a brilliant source of warmer weather Mediterranean varietal and multi-varietal wines, the better examples among the great wines of Europe and, that said, the world. And, after all, the Languedoc-Roussillon remains among the most splendid of sources for value in fine wines.

 
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2012 Domaine Saint-Eugénie Corbières Rosé 2012 Domaine Saint‑Eugénie Corbières Rosé
Domaine Sainte Eugénie is located within the district of Fontfroide in Corbières in the foothills of the Pyrénées along the Mediterranean coast. The clay and chalk soils along with the dry weather, warm and sunny climate here combine to allow for a fine winegrowing environment. Domaine Sainte-Eugénie Corbières Rosé is produce of 75% Cinsault, 15% Syrah and 10% Grenache vines. Spring sunrise pink to copper to peach skin in color with oh so inviting aromas with subtle suggestion of a kiss of red berry and Corbières soil and spice, leaving just the right amount to the imagination; playful if just challenging on the tongue, with ample nerve and a crisp, delicately minéral intensity of flavor, mouthwatering and fresh. Simply delicious!
$9.99 the bottle  $101.88 the case

2012 Domaine de Fontsainte Corbières Rosé Gris de Gris
Saintes be praised! The font is once again flowing. Domaine de Fontsainte Corbières Rosé Gris de Gris has once again caught the early boat out of the south of France and however blessedly arrived here with bells still on to slake our budding thirst for the pink. Touch pale, say, buff to light peach in color (but, really, who wouldn't be after three weeks on the Atlantic); racy, just fermented aromas hint at yeasty crushed berries and the fresh cool late summer's Languedocian morning; a bit nervy (from travel) still on the tongue, hinting at its eventual suppleness of texture with a delicately glycerol palate feel, still crisp, refreshing, invigorating even on the finish. It's here now and ready for those who just can't wait. In a week or two (from this writing and after the boat lag has receded) we would expect even more communicative deliciousness to emerge from the glass.
$17.50 the bottle  $178.56 the case

2011 Côtes du Roussillon Villages Les Vignes de Bila-Haut M. CHAPOUTIER 2011 Côtes du Roussillon Villages Les Vignes de Bila-Haut M. CHAPOUTIER
In wine circles, at the very least, the Roussillon is attracting a good deal of attention of late. For if it is, as variously described, a violent and savage land, blown dry by the howling tramontane winds, it is also a land of very divergent soils: schist to give the wine a solar touch, gneiss for minerality and freshness, and then limestone and chalk for strength and balance — brilliant winegrowing soils all at the very convergence of sea and sky in the shadow of the supernal Pyrenées Orientales and overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. The 2011 vintage of Bila-Haut is, in our humble estimation, again superb: deep soil inflected aromas suggestive of, among myriad other delicious things, macerated ripe black cherries and a dusting of pulverized stone; powerful and compelling on the tongue with fine, crisp tannins transporting a finely concentrated flavor long, finishing with a warmth and generosity not unlike some of its neighbors north and east in the southern Rhône. This is one satisfying drink of red wine!
$12.99 the bottle  $132.48 the case


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