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2011 Chateau Mourgues du Gres Les Galets Roses 

Rhone Valley, France

$13 Retail

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A former Ursuline convent, the chateau is located in the Costieres de Nimes Appellation d'Origine Controlee (AOC) in southern Rhone, neighboring the Languedoc region to the west. A blend of primarily syrah and grenache, the wine was vinified in temperature-controlled steel followed by six months aging in concrete tanks and 500-liter barrels. This rose exemplifies the southern French winemaking style. In the glass, it offers fragrances of ripe strawberry, watermelon, minerals and citrus. On the palate, the wine is dry and crisp with raspberry, melon, strawberries and minerality leading to a lingering finish. Serve chilled with spicy boiled or grilled seafood, gumbo, Asian cuisines, pizza, fowl, barbecue and a variety of meats and cheeses. Buy it at: Keife & Co. Drink it at: Stella!

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