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Domaine de la Rochelierre Fitou Tradition 2016

Carignan is the workhorse red wine grape of southern and southwestern France. Easy to grow, well suited to hot, dry climatic conditions, and a prolific producer of fruit, Carignan is the backbone of most of the house wines available by the carafe in bistros and cafés all over the region. And, if you replanted your vineyards every 40-50 years that would be the end of the story. Basic, forgettable wines at reasonable prices as background to your thoroughly enjoyable tour through the Languedoc. But then, after they have been growing for 50-60 years the Carignan vines go through an almost overnight transformation. Yields drop substantially, and suddenly the remaining fruit takes on an intensity, depth, and richness that can be positively world class. Now you find smoke, tobacco, clove spices, and caramelized bacon in the resulting wines, and who doesn’t love wine that smells like bacon?!

Where to find this wine

Accounts that have purchased this wine in the previous twelve months are listed below, alphabetically by city. Please call ahead to confirm availability or vintage

Noel's Bottle Shop
Bemidji
218-444-9864

Lincoln Square Liquor Barrel
Mahtomedi
651-770-0692

1010 Washington Wine & Spirits
Minneapolis
612-339-4040

North Loop Wine & Spirits
Minneapolis
612-338-5393

South Lyndale Liquor
Minneapolis
612-827-5811

Thomas Liquor
Saint Paul
651-699-1860

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