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In a very loose polling, some six out of ten persons that we know would prefer to retire to Provence than all other places on the planet combined. Oh, and then there are the wines.

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2013 Côtes de Provence Rosé Domaine Houchart
Is Provençal Rosé the vinous equivalent of bottled sunshine? Is it the what's what of pink wines? Is it the cool, crisp compelling glass of vin rosé at the end of the rainbow? Yeah, probably so! Domaine Houchart Côtes de Provence Rosé is among our favorite of the Provençal rosé wines each year; fresh, bright, vivid with a gentle intensity of chalky berry flavor just bursting forth and a refreshingness that is just, ahhhhh ... Thank heaven for sunshine. Thank heaven for Provençal rosé!
$11.99 the bottle  $122.28 the case

2013 Bieler Père et Fils Coteaux d'Aix‑en‑Provence Rosé Sabine
A quick whiff of this and it was like "springtime!" what with an immediate reminiscence berry and savory sun-dried herbs. One of our very favorite of Provençal rosé wines each year, Bieler Rosé Sabine is produce of 55% Syrah, 25% Cabernet, 15% Grenache, 3% Cinsault and 2% Rolle (a.k.a. Vermentino). Provençal peach to sunset pink in color with alluring aromas that conjure a mélange of red fruits, say, wild strawberry, cherry and pomegranate with subtle hints of herbes de Provence; then, ultra-fresh flavors echo those same aromas on the tongue, crisp and refreshing for sure, but with a supple roundness of texture on the tongue that gives a tactual sense of satisfaction. Oh yeah!
$11.25 the bottle  $114.72 the case

2011 Bandol Rouge Domaine Tempier
From the much-beloved Peyraud family in Bandol, Provence. Their Bandol Rouge is produce of about 75% Mourvèdre, 14% Grenache, 9% Cinsault and 2% Carignan fruit from 19+ hectares of vines averaging 40+ years in age and planted to clay and limestone soils there overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. Their long-time importer, Kermit Lynch, says "There is something about the dark, inky Mourvèdre, plus the salty sea air caressing the vines every night, that typifies classic Bandol ... deep and structured wines of such refinement and longevity."
$47.50 the bottle  $484.56 the case

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