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Wine of the week: 2016 AIX Rose 

Provence, France

Retail $17

This affordable French rose from the sub-region Coteaux d'Aix-en-Provence, an Appellation d'Origine Protegee (AOP), has won the hearts of fans and stars from critics, including gold medal awards at rose competitions and selection as one of the Top 10 Provence roses by Falstaff, Germany's largest wine magazine. Maison Saint Aix, the wine's producer, was founded in 1880 as a truffle orchard and switched to grapes in the early 1900s. The domaine is situated on a plateau nearly 1,400 feet above sea level with mineral-laden soils of limestone and clay. The climate provides warm days and cool evenings. The wine is a classic blend of almost 60 percent grenache, 20 percent syrah and 20 percent cinsault with a small amount of carignan added to give it more depth of flavor. Fermentation took place in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks with seven to eight hours of maceration. In the glass, the well-balanced, wine exhibits fragrant floral notes, strawberries and a hint of orange. On the palate, watermelon, pink grapefruit and red berry flavors are underscored by a refreshing crispness and good acidity. Serve chilled. Drink now and over the next one to two years. Eat it with meat and seafood, fowl, vegetables, fruit, nuts, cheese and desserts. Buy it at: Martin Wine Cellar.

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