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Côtes de Provence Wine Pairing with Salmon

Today’s tasting may be the most unusual I have done. It is a wine that, if blindfolded when tasted, would not have said “rosé” to me, although it wouldn’t have said red or white. It has no traditional red fruits associated with rosé nor its distinct floral aromas. On the nose, it is briny. It is almost fruitless on the palate when cold, and when warmer, a bit of melon or pear perhaps. One might think it was a wine from a completely different region of the world.

Yet, situated on the “Road to the End of the World,” Château Malherbe is in Provence, though no more than 1,000 feet from the ocean. From every part of the vineyard, you can smell the sea.

Continue reading here…to learn about “a few of my favourite things” and this Côtes de Provence wine pairing with Pointe du Diable from Château Malherbe.

Winery: Château Malherbe
Cuvée: Pointe du Diable
Appellation: Côtes de Provence
Type: Rosé
Vintage: 2016
Grape Varieties: Grenache 50%, Cinsault 50%
Alcohol: 13%
Average Retail Price: United States $20


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Susan Newman Manfull

It was love at first sight when my family and I arrived in the charming village of Lourmarin for a short vacation, nearly 20 years ago. We returned home to Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and the next thing I knew, we were planning a much longer sojourn in that village and making arrangements to enroll our daughter in the local school there. That led to buying a maison de village— actually two, then a courtyard, a parking spot, and a bergerie— in our favourite Provençal village where we (readily) adopted that certain joie de vivre, established dear friendships, and, to this day, endeavour to blend in with the crowd at Café Gaby.

We no longer own property in Lourmarin, but we continue to hang our hats there frequently and gather fodder for our souls and The Modern Trobaors and Provence WineZine. There is never a shortage.

The Modern Trobadors, conceived in 2008, is about all things Provence: its markets, hilltop villages, lavender, art, literature, culture, history, food, wine, and news. Provence WineZine, launched in August 2014, focuses on wines from Provence and the Southern Rhône Valley regions—with a special emphasis on Provence's world-renowned rosés—and the men and women who make them.

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