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2011 Domaine du Poujol Rosé 

Pays de l'Hérault, France

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$14

Located just northwest of Montpellier, the domaine is situated midway between Pic Saint-Loup and Ste. Georges d'Orques in the Languedoc region in southern France. A blend of 30 percent each Cinsault, Carignan and Grenache with 10 percent Mourvedre, most of the wine was fermented in stainless steel temperature-controlled tanks, while a small portion was barrel-fermented to add structure and weight. In the glass, this fresh, crisp wine delivers aromas of bright red fruits, citrus, white pepper, thyme and a hint of spice. On the palate, concentrated flavors of strawberry, watermelon, herbs, a bracing minerality and zingy acidity lead to a most satisfying finish. Drink now and over the next two years. Serve chilled. Impressive as a bone-dry aperitif but with enough body and intensity to complement a wide range of foods, including barbecue, roast fowl or game, cassoulet, ratatouille, fruit pies and soft to medium firm cheeses. Buy it at: Martin Wine Cellars. Drink it at: Clancy's.

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