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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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2017 Domaine de Fontsainte Corbières Rosé Gris de Gris

50% Grenache Gris, 20% Grenache Noir, 20% Carignan, 5% Cinsault and 5% Mourvèdre; let's call it light peach skin-pink in color with just fermented aromas hinting at yeasty crushed red berries and an underlying minerality; nervy and vivid on entry, delicately glycerol mid-palate feel then crisp, refreshing and invigorating with fresh powdery berry flavors on to the finish.

$18.75 the bottle  $191.28 the case

2014 Pic Saint-Loup Grand Terroir Gérard Bertrand

Pic Saint-Loup is located near a visually dominating mountain peak of the same name in the departement of Hérault in the Languedoc-Roussillon and is lately increasingly renowned for its fine winegrowing terroir. Flanked by limestone cliffs, with optimal sunlight exposure and light winds, these soils produce fine, concentrated wines with elegant notes of ripe dark fruits, an almost irresistable blackcurrant and bramble along with savory hints of thyme and spice; fine, light on its feet onto the tongue with a building richness and reprise flavor-wise of those first Mediterranean whiffs; then gently Languedocian sunshine warm and long on flavor to the finish. Delicieux!

$17.50 the bottle  $178.56 the case

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