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Wines from Pays d'Oc

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90
points

Domaine de Malavieille 2010 Charmille White (Pays d'Oc)

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This is straw colored with a bright hue. Passion fruit, guava, honey, hazelnut and glue surface on the moderately aromatic nose. Crisp despite its full-bodied palate, the wine’s alcohol is generous but well-balanced. The attack is resolutely dry and creates a pleasant and lightly rugged texture across the midpalate. The medium finish has well-concentrated fruit and…

 — W.E.  (10/1/2012)
90
points

Domaine de Malavieille 2010 Charmille Rosé (Pays d'Oc)

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An attractive and balanced rosé made from a diverse blend of 50% Syrah, 15% Grenache, 10% Cabernet Franc, 10% Mourvèdre, 10% Cinsault and 5% Carignan. There’s great lift to the yellow peach, white cherry and wild strawberry fruit flavors, with the creamy mouth closing on a soft white pepper note. Drink now.

 — L.B.  (2/1/2012)
90
points

Michel Gassier 2009 Les Piliers Cabernet Sauvignon (Pays d'Oc)

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With 12 months spent in oak, this wine has a strong streak of vanilla and sweet spice throughout. Additional notes of clove, black cherry, plum and cassis abound on the nose and mouth, and linger well into the close alongside a touch of fudgy chocolate. The creamy texture is framed by medium tannins and balanced acidity. A great value ready to drink now.

 — L.B.  (2/1/2012)
89
points

Côté Mas 2012 Rosé Aurore (Pays d'Oc)

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Made from 50% Grenache, 30% Cinsault and 20% Syrah, this is a vibrant, floral rosé, offering upfront aromas of iris, lavender and laurel that complement the raspberry and strawberry-hull core. The fruity palate is bright and refreshing, with ample acidity and just a hint of orange blossom on the finish.

 — L.B.  (8/1/2014)
88
points

Bernard Magrez 2013 Bleu de Mer Rosé (Pays d'Oc)

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This opens with mealy aromas of watermelon and cherry that smell rich and full. The palate offers a bit more restraint, with focused flavors of tart cherry and berry that are framed by prickly acidity. The finish is short, but crisp and mouthwatering.

 — L.B.  (8/1/2014)
88
points

François Lurton 2010 Les Hauts de Janeil Syrah-Grenache (Pays d'Oc)

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This wine smells ripe and sweet right off the bat, with decadent aromas and flavors of raspberry sauce, berry coulis and all-fruit preserves, laced with hints of licorice and mocha. The mouthfeel is round and lush, with medium tannins and a lasting finish.

 — L.B.  (12/1/2012)
88
points

Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) 2010 Val de l'Ours Cabernet Sauvignon-Syrah (Pays d'Oc)

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Black tea leaves and sweet spices season the fresh black-cherry and cassis spine of this attractive red blend. A good grip in the mouth lends structure to the fruit-forward palate and gives longevity to the dry finish.

 — L.B.  (6/1/2012)
87
points

Fortant 2012 Coast Select Grenache Rosé (Pays d'Oc)

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Delicate and dainty, this pretty selection boasts soft aromas and flavors of white cherry, bergamot tea, orange rind and hard peach. Light weight and refreshing, the lively acidity keeps the palate brisk and the fruit flavors fresh.

 — L.B.  (8/1/2014)
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