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I've had both red and rose versions of Marcillac, each very attractive in their own right, though the rose in particular was distinctive. Rather powerful for a rose and full of brambly, rusty, lightly peppery red fruit that carries a rustic edge, this is a truly attractive expression of rose perfect for a country picnic. The red versions are quite similar if obviously more intense with flavors based on red fruit, excellent acidity and subtle if slightly wiry and dry tannins all wrapped in dried herb and mineral notes. These are exciting wines that never will win accolades from the pundits, though they often win the dead soldier award, a reference to the first bottle emptied at a dinner or tasting, when they make appearances.

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