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Wine of the week: 2016 Fleurs de Prairie Rose

Cotes de Provence, France

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Retail: $14-$22

Roses are light, bright versatile wines that can be equally accommodating whether paired with brunch, picnics, seafood boils, barbecues, desserts or an aperitif. This Fleurs de Prairie, which translates as "wildflowers," was named for the flower-filled fields of Provence. Located in southeastern France, Cotes de Provence is the largest appellation in the region, with about 50,000 acres of vineyards. The 2016 vintage was exceptional due to the year's mild spring and dry, sunny summer. A blend of 55 percent grenache, 30 percent cinsault and 15 percent syrah, the wine was kept in a near-zero oxygen environment during the wine-making process to preserve the concentrated fruit aromas. In the glass, the wine exhibits floral scents, red berries and herbal notes. On the palate, it is clean, crisp and refreshing, with strawberry, white peaches, a touch of citrus and integrated acidity and minerality. Drink with with seafood, salads, fried chicken, corned beef and Asian and Cajun cuisine. Buy it at: Vieux Carre Wine & Spirits, Rouses, Langenstein's in Metairie, The Wine Seller, Lakeview Grocery, some Robert Fresh Markets, Grand Krewe Fine Wine & Spirits, Dorignac's Food Center and Acquistapace's Covington Supermarket.

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