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Wine Pairing

Wine: 2016 Domaine des Blais Rosé, Cotes de Provence, France
Regularly $16.99, Special Price $14.44

Cheese: Mothais a la Feuille, Poitou-Charentes, France
Regularly $14.99/ea, Special Price $11.99

The Domaine des Blaïs is an ancient estate in the Var, once a Roman villa, and possesses an extra dimension of character and complexity due to this provenance. The vineyards are located on the limestone foothills of the historic Maures massif in the southern Var, between the Mediterranean Sea and the Alps. The terroir benefits from the Mediterranean climate so beneficial for traditional southern varietals such as Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre, Cinsault, Carignan and Rolle. One wine is produced here, bottled in an elegant flute bottle that is a striking, modern expression of the traditional Provençal flute à corset.

Inviting aromas of red currants, raspberries, melon. Soft, fully rounded texture caresses the palate. Pure fruit flavors from start to finish. Refreshing acidity in the finish adds to the lively, charming character of this wine.

Mothais a la Feuille is a French goat’s cheese originating in the Poitou-Charentes region of western France. Fresh goat’s milk is used to prepare the cheese which is then matured in room with unusually high humidity. During the maturity period, it is covered in a protective chestnut coating.

Mothais a la Feuille has a soft, runny texture that becomes dense as it ages. The unique combination of earthy, lemony and mold flavors of the leaf become intense as the cheese matures. On the surface, the rind of the cheese is delicate and wrinkled with blue and green mold underneath the leaf shell. It has been injected with a strain of Geotrichum that allows the cheese to breathe and develop the typical goat milk flavor. Mothais a la Feuille with this week’s Rosé is what summer is all about!