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Something French Tonight

Domaine Sainte-Eugenie Recolte 2009

This year I started breaking my rule of reviewing only Washington wines. That’s not much of an issue for me; mostly I find and purchase Washington wines. But one of the local wine buyers at the neighborhood grocery keeps recommending International wines. So there you go. A few weeks ago, I was at said local grocery, browsing for something different, when he showed up and suggested something French.

An end-cap full of Italian sparklers and French Rosés, led to some friendly discussion. He eventually steered me to a bottle of Domaine Sainte-Eugenie Recolte 2009 – a French Rosé. He promised I‘d enjoy it; which I did, tonight. This Rosé is from the Languedoc region of Southern France. Wines from the Mediterranean coast of Languedoc are labeled as Languedoc, those from the interior have other labels such as Fronton, Gaillac, or Limoux to the west - and Côtes du Rhône towards the east. Languedoc produces more than a third of the grapes in France.

This wine is from a region further south in Languedoc Roussillon, specifically Corbières. Domaine Sainte Eugénie is located in the foothills of the Pyrénées along the Mediterranean coast. As you might expect along the southern coast of France, the weather is sunny, warm and dry, creating a good grape growing environment. This wine is a blend of Cinsault, Syrah and Grenache.

My wife and I grilled sweet corn and steak for dinner tonight, accompanied by this amiable French Rosé. The wine is pale pink, with flavors of strawberry kissed by cherry, crisp, with good minerality and a friendly finish. It’s a welcoming wine to pair with food and we quite enjoyed it, especially on such a hot summer day as today. A very enjoyable and affordable dry pink wine, recommended.


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