À la Provence Part Two

The wine.

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We like to think along the lines of any good wine in any weather, and that is not likely to change. But, admittedly, there is something about rose wines from the Provence region of France that shout summertime. Château Routas Coteaux Varois en Provence Rouvière Rosé 2013, is all watermelon, strawberry, and that distinctive minerality that so many wines from this region display. For such delicacy, it is interesting to note that the grapes used are 45% Cinsault, 35% Grenache, 20% Syrah, $22. Another must-try, at an even $20 is the Château de Brigue Côtes de Provence 2013, again with vivid strawberry notes enhanced with red currant and light minerality, complete with a vigorous long finish.

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August 6, 2014