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September 19, 2014 Wine Pick of the Week

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HEURE DÉTÉ bottle Picmonkey

2013 Heure d'Été

 

Le Domaine des Diables

Côtes de Provence

Alcohol: 12.5%

Suggested Retail: $23

 

“From the very light color of this rosé, one might dismiss it as insufficient. That would be unfortunate. Even though quite a light shade of pink, there's plenty of personality in the Provençal rose. A blend of Cinsault (50%), Syrah (30%) and Grenache (20%), the Heure d'Été has a lovely bouquet that reminds you that it's not just something designed to be only light and refreshing. It's real wine. Forward floral aromas of strawberry and a bit of raspberry. Those fruit qualities are repeated in the taste. There's a hint of sweetness, but it serves more to create a fullness in the mouth, rather than a lingering sweetness on the finish. Tasted good with the first sip and sustained that standard through two glasses. A worthy rosé to pair with lighter foods through early autumn.”

Food Affinity: “Pissaladière. Grilled eggplant. Prawns and simply-prepared shellfish. A platter of jambon, some cheeses, cornichons and green olives.”

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