Domaine Grand Veneur 2000 Châteauneuf-du-Pape ($27.99)
Dark ruby in color with a distinct reddish-orange glint when the glass is held up to a light. Relatively closed at first, with soft spicy notes; black fruit and fragrant black pepper rise up after the glass is swirled. A load of fresh, full black fruit on the palate, much more open than the nose at this youthful point, with lemon-tart acidity and firm, rather dry tannins showing behind the fruit. Enjoyable now, but it will gain complexity with cellar time. US Importer: Kysela Pere et Fils Ltd., Winchester, Va. (Sep 7, 2002)

FOOD MATCH: Lamb loin chops dusted with black pepper and pan-grilled medium-rare tame the tannins and make an exceptional flavor match.



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