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2014 Corbières Rosé “Gris de Gris”

Domaine de Fontsainte
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Fruitbomb in the sense that each sip delivers an explosion of delicious fresh fruit! That’s right, folks. Our favorite, most affordable rosé is back, and the 2014 edition is as mind-bogglingly quaffable as ever. Tangerine, nectarine, grapefruit, wild strawberries, and more feature in this most crisp and thirst- quenching of libations. Once you’ve had a few sips and experienced the dry, focused, lingering finish, a mere glimpse at its heavenly color will have you drooling like Pavlov’s hound. And I can guarantee that after a few glasses of the delectable 2014 Gris de Gris, you’ll be in classical condition. –Anthony Lynch

Technical Information
Wine Type: Rosé
Vintage: 2014
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: 50% Grenache Gris, 40% Grenache Noir & Carignan, 10% Cinsault & Mour.
Appellation: Corbières
Country: France
Region: Languedoc-Roussillon
Producer: Domaine de Fontsainte
Winemaker: Bruno Laboucarié
Vineyard: 46.2 ha
Soil: Silica, clay, limestone (gravelly with large galets, or rounded stones)
Aging: Wines rest for one month before bottling to preserve freshness and aromatic intensity
Farming: Lutte Raisonnée
Alcohol: 12.5%

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About The Region

Languedoc-Roussillon

map of Languedoc-Roussillon

Ask wine drinkers around the world, and the word “Languedoc” is sure to elicit mixed reactions. On the one hand, the region is still strongly tied to its past as a producer of cheap, insipid bulk wine in the eyes of many consumers. On the other hand, it is the source of countless great values providing affordable everyday pleasure, with an increasing number of higher-end wines capable of rivaling the best from other parts of France.

While there’s no denying the Languedoc’s checkered history, the last two decades have seen a noticeable shift to fine wine, with an emphasis on terroir. Ambitious growers have sought out vineyard sites with poor, well draining soils in hilly zones, curbed back on irrigation and the use of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides, and looked to balance traditional production methods with technological advancements to craft wines with elegance, balance, and a clear sense of place. Today, the overall quality and variety of wines being made in the Languedoc is as high as ever.

Shaped like a crescent hugging the Mediterranean coast, the region boasts an enormous variety of soil types and microclimates depending on elevation, exposition, and relative distance from the coastline and the cooler foothills farther inland. While the warm Mediterranean climate is conducive to the production of reds, there are world-class whites and rosés to be found as well, along with stunning dessert wines revered by connoisseurs for centuries.

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