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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 Cassis Blanc Clos Sainte-Magdeleine 2013 Cassis Blanc Clos Sainte-Magdeleine
Produce of 40% Marsanne, 30% Ugni blanc, 25% Clairette, 5% Bourboulenc fruit grown in clay limestone soils jutting out on a cape (click here to see this for yourself) near the little fishing village of Cassis and overlooking the azure blue of the Mediterranean Sea. Importer Kermit Lynch says "Clos Sainte Magdeleine’s success lies in an uncanny ability to capture a dichotomous nerve and sun-kissed unctuousness in their wines, making them both incredibly food-friendly and delicious entirely on their own." We give this wine our highest recommendation. Come catch some bottled rays of sunshine!
$32.50 the bottle  $331.56 the case of six

2013 Bandol Rouge Domaine Tempier 2013 Bandol Rouge Domaine Tempier
Under the supervision of Bandol native winemaker Daniel Ravier since 2000, the winery known for putting Bandol on the map is "rising" according to Wine Spectator. From the fruit of 75% Mourvèdre, 14% Grenache, 9% Cinsault and 2% Carignan vines averaging over 40 years old planted to clay and limestone soils and sustainably farmed in this almost idyllic setting just above the Mediterranean Sea; 18 to 20 months of aging in large oak foudres help round out this otherwise and typically sauvage and unfettered Provençal red wine. Full throttle aromas of bramble, black and blue berry fruits, grape pomace, fennel, a sense of the garrigue and vineyard floor (from the Mourvèdre?); full and generous on the tongue with structure and potency and flavor echoing long and true to those first alluring whiffs. Just superb!
$47.50 the bottle  $484.56 the case of six

512 West Sixth Street Austin, Texas 78701-2806 USA
(an easy right turn between San Antonio and Nueces streets)