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May 21, 2019 Issue

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FRANCE

Provence:

Rosé:

Bieler Pere & Fils, Coteaux d’Aix-en-Provence (France) "Sabine" Rosé 2018 ($13):  Grenache is dominant in this fresh, crisp, clean rose from Provence, providing fruit lift on the palate and an inviting red-fruit nose.  Pale in color, the Bieler ‘Sabine’ doesn’t disappoint in flavor.  With excellent length on the palate and a lingering finish, it has more oomph than any number of more expensive rosé wines from the region.  
90 Robert Whitley May 21, 2019

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Rhône:

Red:

Domaine les Hautes Cances, Côtes du Rhône Villages Cairanne (Rhône Valley, France) Cuvée Vielles Vignes 2013 ($25, Vintage ’59 Imports):  Succulent and lip-smacking, this robust Rhône charmer delivers a burst of fruit and spice to the palate, plus a long and firm finish.  The estate was founded by the current owners’ grandparents in the 1890s, and the vines are organically raised (though not certified).  Folks, this delicious wine is a bargain!   
93 Marguerite Thomas May 21, 2019

Rosé:

Ferraton Pere & Fil, Cotes du Rhone (Rhône Valley, France) “Samorens" Rosé 2018 ($14, Sera Wine Imports):  A savory rosé that combines an element of grilled peach with the more expected strawberry, lemon and white pepper characteristics.  It’s on the viscous side of the rosé spectrum, with a cleansing acidic pop at the end that keeps things going.  Salads or mild appetizers will pair well.   
88 Rich Cook May 21, 2019

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