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Wine of the week: 2016 Chateau La Negly La Natice rose

Languedoc, France

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Retail $16

This rose's pale salmon hue is so light one might think it can't have much going for it, but think again. Chateau de la Negly in Languedoc's La Clape sub-appellation was founded in the 18th century. The estate entered into an agreement with Domaine de Boede a dozen years ago, increasing the Chateau's holdings to 185 acres. At Chateau de la Negly, vines are planted in clay-limestone soils and the newer acquisition's soil is comprised of sandy loam and sandstone. This bottling feaures a classic southern French blend used in both red and rose wines: 70 percent mourvedre and 15 percent each syrah and cinsaut. Cinsaut is a lighter and more aromatic grape than the other two red wine grapes. At the winery, the wine went through the rose de saignee method, which allows the juice limited contact with the skins. It was vinified on its fine lees for six months in temperature-controlled vats. Taste strawberry, red currants, hints of citrus and banana and good acidity. Drink it with shellfish, deviled eggs, salads, grilled lamb, bouillabaisse, ham and pork tenderloin. Buy it at: Martin Wine Cellar.

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