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2014 Sacha Lichine Single Blend Rose 

Languedoc-Roussillon, France

Retail $10-$12

Provence-style rose currently is the highest growing category of wine imported into the U.S. Sacha Alexis Lichine, owner of Chateau d'Esclans, makes four high-end Provence roses, topping the market with its more than $100-a-bottle Garrus rose. This Sacha Lichine Single Blend comes from vineyards across the south of France. It is vinified in temperature-controlled stainless steel vats and undergoes batonnage, which preserves the character of the grapes. "Single blend" refers to the wine's mix of 85 percent grenache and the remainder of cinsault and syrah. In the glass, the wine offers aromas of red berries, citrus notes and a hint of herbs. On the palate, taste strawberry, raspberry, cherry, alluring minerality and vibrant acidity. Drink it as an aperitif or with pork sliders, smoked salmon with cream cheese, boudin, nicoise salad, deviled eggs, baked oysters, burgers, corn dogs and marinated crab claws. Buy it at: Rouses stores on Tchoupitoulas Street and Power Boulevard, Breaux Mart on Magazine Street, Prytania Liquor Store, Langenstein's in Metairie and Target in Covington. Drink it at: Cafe Amelie, Amici Ristorante & Bar, The Delachaise, Wayfare, Siberia and Allegro Bistro.


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