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|Blend:||60% Cinsault, 25% Syrah, 15% Grenache Noir|
|Producer:||Château des Deux Rocs|
|Vineyard:||35 years average, 3.5 ha|
|Aging:||Wine is aged on fine lees for three months|
Jean-Claude Zabalia, one of the Languedoc’s most talented vignerons, spent over twenty years at Saint Martin de la Garrigue before striking out on his own to start Château des Deux Rocs. In his search for great terroir in the Languedoc, he came across Cabrières—an area already known for producing outstanding rosé, but what he found was so much more. His vines are located in Vallée des Crozes, an enclosed valley protected from the dominating winds of the region and blessed with more than 220 days of sun per year. His vines are planted at nearly 1000 feet above sea level in deep schist soils, higher than anyone in the region has planted before. These elements lend a delicate and finessed nature to both the rosé and red.
Trust the great winemakers, trust the great vineyards. Your wine merchant might even be trustworthy. In the long run, that vintage strip may be the least important guide to quality on your bottle of wine.—Kermit Lynch