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2013 Domaine de Cezin Rose 

Coteaux du Loir, France

Retail $17

The obscure Coteaux du Loir appellation is located within the Loire Valley wine region, nearly 25 miles north of Tours. The Coteaux du Loir has less than 240 acres planted to vine but it produces lovely fruit-driven white, red and rose wines. It reflects the area's characteristic terroir, which is rich in tuffeau — sedimentary limestone deposited. Alluvial and flinty clay soils hug the sloping hillsides and plateau edges. Initially planted in the 6th century by the monks of Abbey of Saint-Julien de Tours, the geographical area experiences a temperate oceanic climate with continental influences. This wine is composed primarily of terroir sensitive pineau d'aunis grapes (aka chenin noir) which are often used as a blending grape and in light-bodied red wines. In the cellar, the fruit is destemmed and vinified in stainless steel. In the glass, it offers gentle aromas of citrus, white pepper and young red berries. On the palate, taste strawberry, raspberry, a hint of spice and alluring minerality. Drink it as an aperitif or with seafood, salads, barbecue, fowl, soft cheeses and desserts. Buy it at: Bin 428. Drink it at: Irene's Cuisine, MiLa, Loa, Meauxbar and Vine and Dine.

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