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A Fresh Catch of the Day: Côtes de Provence Rosé

A Fresh Catch of the Day: Côtes de Provence Rosé

by Anthony Lynch by Anthony Lynch

Special Discounted Price, In-Store and Online, now through April 28 Special Discounted Price, In-Store and Online, now through April 28

2022 Côtes de Provence Rosé

2022 Côtes de Provence Rosé

Sainte Magdeleine   

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Sainte Magdeleine    France   |  Provence   |  Côtes de Provence

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25% OFF the 2022 Côtes de Provence Rosé from
Clos Sainte Magdeleine

Click to apply: CASSIS25 Valid through Sunday, April 28th
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Wow! We sold out of our Catch of the Day Cassis Blanc quicker than we thought. We want to ensure everyone has an opportunity to stock up on the incredible wines of Clos Sainte Magdeleine, so with our apologies we are offering 25% OFF the delectably versatile Côtes de Provence Rosé. It is just as delightful with seafood as the Cassis, and will make a wonderful match with Chef Chris Lee’s Grilled Whole Fish recipe from the newsletter insert! Use promo code CASSIS25 at checkout.

Blanc has always been the focus since we began importing Clos Sainte Magdeleine’s wines in the late 1970s, with their fennel- and sea-salt-inflected Cassis setting the standard for Mediterranean whites. But vigneron Jonathan Sack also bottles a Cassis rosé each year, a delicate expression of mainly Grenache and Cinsault that is, sadly, made in tiny quantities. 
     As of recently, there is a brand new rosé in the Clos Sainte Magdeleine lineup. The Côtes de Provence is sourced from a vineyard in La Ciotat, about halfway between Cassis and Bandol and not far from the Mediterranean coast. Using a similar blend to the Cassis rosé, Sack has crafted what is perhaps the quintessential Provençal refresher—an uplifting nectar of bright citrus, fresh berry fruit, wild herbs, and salty sea air—that is a far cry from the countless technological, mass-marketed examples in production throughout the region.
     No, Sack’s bears a distinct sense of place, and it's someplace we all want to be: under the sun, by the sea, glass in hand, a bowl of briny olives within reach. Monsieur, a refill, s’il vous plaît!

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25% OFF the 2022 Côtes de Provence Rosé from
Clos Sainte Magdeleine

Click to apply: CASSIS25 Valid through Sunday, April 28th
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About The Region

Provence

map of Provence

Perhaps there is no region more closely aligned with the history to Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant than Provence. Provence is where Richard Olney, an American ex-pat and friend of Alice Waters, lived, and introduced Kermit to the great producers of Provence, most importantly Domaine Tempier of Bandol. Kermit also spends upwards of half his year at his home in a small town just outside of Bandol.

Vitis vinifera first arrived in France via Provence, landing in the modern day port city of Marseille in the 6th century BC. The influence of terroir on Provençal wines goes well beyond soil types. The herbs from the pervasive scrubland, often referred to as garrigue, as well as the mistral—a cold, drying wind from the northwest that helps keep the vines free of disease—play a significant role in the final quality of the grapes. Two more elements—the seemingly ever-present sun and cooling saline breezes from the Mediterranean—lend their hand in creating a long growing season that result in grapes that are ripe but with good acidity.

Rosé is arguably the most well known type of wine from Provence, but the red wines, particularly from Bandol, possess a great depth of character and ability to age. The white wines of Cassis and Bandol offer complexity and ideal pairings for the sea-influenced cuisine. Mourvèdre reigns king for red grapes, and similar to the Languedoc and Rhône, Grenache, Cinsault, Marsanne, Clairette, Rolle, Ugni Blanc among many other grape varieties are planted.

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