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2014 Chateau Puech-Haut Cuvee Prestige Rose 

Retail $16-$22

The Languedoc region along France's Mediterranean coast formerly was regarded as a "wild west show" of free-form winemaking in a country with restrictive wine laws. It has come into its own as a winemaker's paradise over the past 15 to 20 years, due in part to Gerard Bru and his Chateau Puech-Haut vineyards in Saint-Drezery. For this rose, a blend of 60 percent Grenache and 40 percent Cinsault creates an incredibly refreshing wine. Cold soaking brings out the bright fruit of the grapes and preserves freshness, and the wine is fermented and fully matured in stainless steel tanks. It's on the very light side of the rose spectrum, but the color doesn't detract from its power. On the palate, taste white peaches, lychee, rose petals, citrus and melon characteristics, with minerality and a backbone of acidity on the clean finish. Serve it chilled. Drink it with canapes, soups, salads, shellfish, fin fare, light meats, vegetables, fruit and cheese. Buy it at: Wine Seller, Hopper's Carte des Vins, Langenstein's in Metairie and Acquistapace's Covington Supermarket. Drink it at: Dante's Kitchen, Loa, Chez Nous Charcuterie, Bacchanal and Dakota Restaurant.

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