Tuesday 21 February 2017

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Published 06/11/2010 | 12:56

Laurent Miquel Cinsaut Syrah Rosé 2009

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Not from Provençe, but nearby Languedoc. Laurent Miquel upped the amount of the grape Cinsaut to 70pc in this rosé to give it extra crispness, balanced with a ripe red fruitiness from its blending partner Syrah to give a delicious taste of the south of France, with a sprightly finish. 12.5pc alc.

Enjoy as an aperitif or with roast chicken, salads or light spicy foods. €6.99 (current offer price) Available from Dunnes Stores.

Château Minuty M Rosé 2009

An irresistible wine in an irresistible bottle. A new arrival in Ireland from a premium Provençe producer. So delicate, but with a steely backbone underpinning delightful floral nuances, concentrated red-berry flavours and a gentle spice from a blend of spicy Grenache, crispy Cinsaut and the quintessential Provençal variety, Tibouren.

A wine of great finesse. 13pc alc. €18.95 Available from Cellarmaster, Stillorgan Industrial Park; Wicklow Wine Company; Corkscrew, Chatham Street; www.rosewine.ie.

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Luis Felipe Edwards Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

From Chile, a worthy winner of the under-€8 New World Red in the National Off-licence Association (NOFFLA) recent awards. Avoiding the jamminess often found at this price, it is structured but supple, with rich, dark-berry and cassis flavours mingled with hints of smoke, making it a good everyday drinker with plenty of aftertaste. €6.99 Widely available in independent off-licences

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