Ruby red, this Coteaux du Languedoc opens with a nose of washed linen, cherry, and fresh Provençal herbs (okay, maybe Languedoc herbs). On the palate it's lightweight and slightly tannic, with red fruits and licorice and a smoky little undertow. It gives itself up with open femininity. Sanguine.
There's not a whole lot happening, but it's nice, and a great complement to our beef braised in porcini and rosemary.
Price: about $19
The rub: Pair it with dishes from the south of France (naturellement).
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