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2016 Cabrières Rosé “Prémices”

Château des Deux Rocs

2016 Cabrières Rosé “Prémices” Château des Deux Rocs - Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant
Like the Lascaux rosé, the Deux Rocs is also mostly Cinsault, along with Syrah and Grenache. Crisp, dry, with a pleasingly bitter blood orange note and the freshness that comes from some of the highest vineyards in the Languedoc, it’s like a sunny day at the beach, where the sun is hot but the cool sea breeze can still raise goose bumps.

Dustin Soiseth

$14.95
Vintage: 2016
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: 60% Cinsault, 25% Syrah, 15% Grenache Noir
Appellation: Languedoc Cabrières
Country: France
Region: Languedoc-Roussillon
Producer: Château des Deux Rocs
Winemaker: Jean-Claude Zabalia
Vineyard: 35 years average, 3.5 ha
Soil: Schist
Aging: Wine is aged on fine lees for three months
Farming: Lutte Raisonnée
Alcohol: 13%

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About 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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