The vineyards of Chateau Coupe-Roses sit atop an arid, windswept plateau overlooking the hinterlands of Minervois, in France’s deep and wild south. Winemaker Pascal Frissant is fond of taking visitors to explore his vines because they look like they’re somehow growing out of solid rock. This is as gorgeous and rustic an example of classic Languedoc winemaking as any we know. The blend of Carignan & Grenache (with the barest splish of Syrah) tastes of blueberry preserves, black pepper, and whiffs of dried rosemary and lavender. A Francophile’s dream.