Chateau Bonnet 2000 Bordeaux ($9.99)
Very dark garnet with glints of amber in the glass. Characteristic young-Bordeaux scents, aromatic cedar and disctinctive curranty aromas akin to the blackcurrant liqueur Cassis. Flavors carry over on the palate, clean and fresh, with firm acidity and soft tannins to give it structure. A pleasing wine, and despite its relatively generic and low-end stature, a good benchmark Bordeaux, suggesting good things for the much-hyped 2000 vintage. (Produced by André Lurton, property located in Entre-Deux-Mers but labeled as simple Bordeaux; chateau-bottled 50% Cabernet Sauvignon and 50% Merlot.) US Importer: Ex-Cellars Wine Agencies Inc., Solvang, Calif. (Dec 15, 2002)

FOOD MATCH: Makes a fine marriage with a classic accompaniment, lamb chops pan-grilled with fresh rosemary and garlic.



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