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Expert Picks: Mas de Gourgonnier and Château Pradeaux

Posted on | March 29, 2016 | Written by Michael Adler | No Comments

Michael Adler 5.29.15Drinking Provençal rosé always makes me happy. In addition to being universally delicious and food-friendly, these wines transport me to the region’s country roads and gorgeous coast, studded with rocky “calanques,” or inlets. Every sip brings back fond memories that are as fresh as the juice in my glass. Provence has earned its place as France’s go-to region for blush wines, for the wines tend to exhibit a greater degree of complexity and saline mineral nuance than the rosés from just about any other region. And unlike many other regions in France, you can find hundreds of amazing wines for less than $40 that will make you very, very happy. I’ve chosen two for you to enjoy now, this spring, and all summer long.

Mas de Gourgonnier 2014 Rosé $18.99

An organic estate located midway between Avignon and Marseilles in the heart of Provence, Mas de Gourgonnier produces excellent wines and offers one of the best values in quality rosé on the market today. Mas de Gourgonnier harvests its 47 acres of vines by hand, and its vinification protocol is equally traditional. Juicy raspberries and strawberries mingle with fresh-cut grass and mineral notes in this wine that will surprise you with its complexity and delicacy for the price. Drink early and often!

Château Pradeaux 2014 Bandol Rosé $33.99

In addition to making killer wines in Bandol, Château Pradeaux, located midway between Marseille and Toulon, is steeped in French history. A domaine since 1752, the estate was ravaged during the French Revolution and again during WWII; in 1985, Cyrille Portalis, whose family has owned the property for generations, rescued the estate and brought it back to health and prominence. Mostly Mourvedre, this spicy, mineral-driven rosé bursts with juice red fruit flavors and a hint of salinity that persists through the long, lingering finish. Be prepared to be transported!

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