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Wine of the week: Ostal Cazes Rose 2020 (Minervois, rose)

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In the 18th century the port of Bordeaux was the second largest port in the world after the port of London. The port of Bordeaux. Hugo d’Alesi, 1899. Bordeaux archives in the public domain.

With direct access to the Atlantic Ocean, the port of Bordeaux was able to ship cereals, cocoa, sugar, spices, cotton and, of course, wine to the wealthy capitals of Northern Europe (London, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Hamburg). Bordeaux was also a major slave trading port. The port of Bordeaux, and the city, also effectively controlled all commerce from the center of France. The Canal Royal renamed the Canal du Midi after the French revolution. Courtesy Wikimedia with full permission to use for this article.

Although linked to the port of Bordeaux by the Canal du Midi (built in the late 17th century from the Bassin de Thau — and Narbonne — along the Garonne river through Toulouse and originally named the “Canal Royal” before the French........

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