2017 Les Vignerons de Fontès "Prieuré Saint-Hippolyte" Languedoc Rosé (Previously $10)

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Les Vignerons de Fontès is a cooperative winemaking facility in the hills outside the village of Pezenas in the Languedoc. Oenologist Corinne Pastourel oversees the project, which has a host of growers spread throughout the region over a range of soils including schist, basalt, limestone, and clay. Thirty of these growers formed the cooperative in the 1930s, and now their numbers surpass 200. K&L co-founder Clyde Beffa met Corinne years ago and forged the relationship that would bring us some of our most popular value wines coming from the south of France. The rosé, one of our best sellers every year, is a blend of 70% Syrah and 30% Grenache that is made in the saignée style whereby a light maceration occurs, and the fruit is bled off the skins. The wine is fermented and aged in stainless steel tanks, preserving the freshness and clean character of the wine. It is bright and lively, with aromas of raspberries, redcurrants, and white flowers. The Mediterranean influence is easily felt in this region, and the best cuisine for this wine is just that - Mediterranean! Serve with roasted vegetables, chickpea salad, and fresh cheeses. A delight!

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By: Adam Winkel | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/23/2019 | Send Email
So everyone knows that Syrah-based rosé can use a little more time in bottle than other varietals to show its best. Okay, not everyone knows that. So even though 2018 rosé is starting to show up, this 70% Syrah from the 2017 harvest has settled in and is going great now and all summer long. There's a lot of substance here, so see for yourself for a song.

By: Cameron Price | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/8/2019 | Send Email
Great inexpensive little rosé! Spicy strawberries and dark chocolate with raspberry bits on the nose with a clean and spicy palate of raspberry hard candy and a nice round mouth-feel. Don't have to think twice about this little guy!

By: Stefanie Juelsgaard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/26/2018 | Send Email
If you are looking for an alternative to the super light, higher-acid Provencal roses, this is the wine you should pick up. There is a wide breadth of fruit here, with weight and richness shining through. The softer fruit notes make this a good food rose that won't get lost with bolder flavors. I appreciate the unique Syrah heavy blend, especially at the under $10 price point.

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