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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)
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

François Lurton 2010 Terra Sana Syrah (Pays d'Oc)

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There’s a hint of caramel-like sweetness to the lush dark-fruit center of this Syrah. Dense, jammy blackberry and cherry flavors continue on the palate, with an overall round mouthfeel and a softly spiced finish. Drink up.  — L.B.  (12/1/2012)
87
points

Laurent Miquel 2010 Père et Fils Syrah-Grenache (Pays d'Oc)

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Blueberry, blackberry and boysenberry all abound on the nose and palate of this easy-pleasing and accessible wine. Fine tannins and medium acidity create an approachable structure, while hints of crushed violet and chocolate add richness to the finish.  — L.B.  (12/1/2012)
87
points

Marius 2010 Grenache-Syrah (Pays d'Oc)

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The bouquet of this red blend starts off with medium-intense aromas of dried red cherry and raspberry, but transitions into secondary accents of sweet smoke and soft spice. The medium-weight palate is balanced and straightforward. Drink now.  — L.B.  (12/1/2012)
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