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A Gourmet Gazette Fine Wine Find: The Abundance of Saint-Chinian

The Saint-Chinian Prestige 2018 from the Cave de Roquebrun. Photo courtesy Cave de Roquebrun. Handout via The Gourmet Gazette

This is a powerful wine of notes of spice and berry fruits. A wine for rich red meats and game, better still. Saint-Chinian is a well kept secret of the wines of Languedoc. A surprising wine whose grapes grow in a good earth of schist and limestone, a rare bedrock that geologists from all over the world come to study. While the region produces whites, rosés and reds, today we bring you a remarkable red, Saint-Chinian Prestige 2018 from the Cave de Roquebrun with an intense deep purple color that somehow further enhances its taste. It is a festive wine for year end feasts with three of the region’s grape varieties — Mourvèdre (60%), Grenache (20%) et Syrah (20%) —traveling together in a harmonious blend. The Cave de Roquebrun was created in 1967 and is located in the Regional Natural Park of Haut-Languedoc and brings together some 650 hectares of vineyard, local wine makers and the vineyard is facing directly south, with the sun of the south bringing added richness to the wines. And it is located in a micro-climate where citrus fruits are grown.
©Trish Valicenti for The Gourmet Gazette
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