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2010 Mas Sauvaire Domaine des Sauvaire 

Languedoc, France

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$14 Retail

Languedoc-Roussillon is the oldest wine-producing region in France, dating to as early as the fifth century B.C. Owned by the same family for more than 300 years, this estate produces grapes from plants with roots reaching deep into the sandstone soils on rocky hillsides near the sea. Blended primarily from old vine carignan grapes with 20 percent grenache and 10 percent syrah, the wine went through 25 days of maceration to develop its color and characteristic style, and it touched no oak. In the glass, it exudes aromas of blackberry and herbal notes. On the palate, taste cherry, black currant, spice, an appealing minerality, bracing acidity and chewy tannins on the lingering finish. Open an hour before serving for best flavor. Drink it with red meat, game, osso buco, cassoulet, hearty stews, pasta dishes, sausages and firm cheeses. Buy it at: Swirl Wine Bar and Market. Drink it at: Swirl Wine Bar and Market.

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