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Ch?teau de Campuget: A Super Summer Ros?

From the French appellation of Costi?res de N?mes, the 2009 Ch?teau de Campuget is a well-priced, well-made summer sipper

Anyone with even a cursory familiarity with the world of wine will be aware that for the past three or four years, the wine of summer has been ros?. After decades in the viniferous doghouse??oo many memories of dorm room Mateus, perhaps???his light and unchallenging vino has now become ??berchic. This ascent has had several consequences, not all of them desirable. First, an awful lot of indifferent ros?? is around at the moment. "If it's pink, sell it," seems to be the attitude of too many winemakers. Not that indifferent ros?? wasn't on the shelves before; it's just that now it's costing $20 and up a bottle. And this leads to the second problem: This newfound popularity has led to a steep increase in prices. But now the good news. There is also more good ros?? around than ever before. The wine seems to be made everywhere these days, with much of the suspect stuff coming from regions with little or no experience of these blush-hued beauties. This perhaps explains why my favorite area for the wine is southern France, a region with a long tradition of the wine. This usually means Provence, but recently I encountered a delightful version from further west, in the appellation of Costi??res de N??mes. It's the 2009 Ch??teau de Campuget ($11), this week's Wine of the Week. Somewhere between pink and light scarlet in color, it shows bright, citrus-y flavors on the front palate, matched by a fine slate-y authenticity on the finish, giving it real depth. This is a combination I look for in a ros??, as it is what separates the good from the merely drinkable. So to find it in a moderately priced version is a rare opportunity not to be missed. If your stock of summer sippers is growing low, reach for your keyboard and try to locate a case of this inexpensive delight. To find this wine near you, try When to Drink: Now Breathing/Decanting: Not necessary Food Pairing: Mediterranean food, BBQ, meatier fish such as swordfish and tuna, vegetable pasta, lighter Asian food Grapes: 70 percent syrah, 30 percent grenache Appellation: Costi??res de N??mes Region: Gard Country: France Price: $11 Availability: Moderate Web Site: Related Links ?Henry Estate's Well-Priced Pinot California Chardonnay With a French Accent Arcadian's Exquisite Fiddlestix Pinot Noir

Nick Passmore is an independent wine writer and consultant based in New York. For five years he contributed a widely read monthly wine column to, in addition to which his work has appeared in such publications as Forbes, Discover, Town Country, the Robb Report, the Wine Enthusiast, Saveur, Sky, and Golf Connoisseur. He is currently Artisanal Editor for Four Seasons magazine and contributes the Nick Passmore: Wine of the Week column to He is also a judge at the widely respected annual Critics' Challenge wine competition.

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