Domaine de la Brune 2001 Coteaux du Languedoc ($8.99)
Very dark reddish-purple with the bright, almost violet edge typical of a young Syrah (actually it's 70 percent Syrah, 20 percent Grenache and 10 percent Carignan), this tasty value wine offers pleasant scents of black pepper and warm, plummy fruit with a hint of anise. Flavors are consistent with the nose, fresh if a bit simple at this point, plummy fruit and fragrant pepper over a ssharp acidic edge and abundant but palatable tannins. US Importer: J et D Selections Inc. (Kysela), Winchester, Va. (Oct 9, 2002)

FOOD MATCH: Worked very well indeed with a cross-Mediterranean match, a moussaka featuring chopped veal, eggplant and a white Bechamel-type sauce.



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