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JANUARY 2019 WINES OF THE MONTH

Breathtakingly beautiful, the French wine region of the Languedoc-Roussillon stretches from the south of the Rhône Valley all across the Mediterranean coastline to the Spanish border and the Pyrennées. It is France's largest and most diverse wine region where red, white, rosé, sparkling and sweet wines are produced. Over the past 20 years there has been dramatic improvements in the quality of wine produced and the new Sud de France branding aims to better market this quality jump, and especially emphasize the excellent price:quality ratio. In addition to exceptional quality at budget prices, these wines are extremely food friendly.

Costières de Pomérols Les Montalus Blanc 2017
This blend of ​50% Terret Blanc and 50% Colombard comes from vineyards planted in clay and limestone on sun-drenched hillsides called "costières" near the Etang de Thau — a coastal lagoon that is situated between the port of Sète and Cap d'Agde. This aquatic environment softens the harshness of the Mediterranean climate with balmy temperatures particularly favorable to the ripening of white grape varieties. Terret Blanc is a very old white wine grape variety native to the Languedoc, southern France. Along with its sibling Terret Gris, it was once widely used to make dry white wines and base wines for Vermouth. Meanwhile, Colombard is a fairly neutral grape often used in blends and for making Cognac and Armagnac. Les Montalus is a straightforward light and bright refresher, with zesty aromas of lime and grapefruit. A very versatile wine that can be enjoyed as an aperitif or with sushi and simply-prepared seafood dishes. — $7.99

Henriques Altitudes Côtes du Roussillon Rouge 2016
Altitudes  is  made  from  grapes  selected  from  the  best  vineyards  in  the  Roussillon region of France, situated close to the Mediterranean Sea, just 25 miles from the eastern Spanish border. This area is very warm but thanks to the altitude (600 feet), the wines have a nice mineral finish that balances out the ripeness. Cyril Henriques is the talented winemaker who selects the plots and is in charge of the vinification through to bottling. This cuvee is made from a subtle blend of three grape varieties: 45% old Carignan vines for structure, 30% Grenache for its richness, and 25% Syrah for its character. ​Pours a lovely red garnet color with a burst of aromas of dark berries and spice. Fresh and smooth on the palate, with undertones of licorice, blackberries and blackcurrants. A well-balanced wine with a long finish. — $7.99