Domaine de Bordeneuve 2000 Merlot Vin de Pays d'Oc ($6.99)
This Languedoc Merlot comes from Georges Duboeuf, a producer best known for his ubiquitous, tutti-frutti flavor Beaujolais. This one's a crowd-pleaser, simple but fresh and abundantly fruity, sold at a price that makes it a natural for casual enjoyment at parties and gatherings where the focus is as much on socializing as on wine appreciation; it's simple enough that it doesn't require contemplation, but shows sufficient balance and flavor interest that you won't be embarrassed to uncork it. Very dark ruby in color, it offers a fresh scent of cherries. Soft and supple, cherries continue on the palate, nicely structured with soft balancing acidity. US Importer: Winesellers Ltd., Skokie, Ill. (Dec 21, 2001)

FOOD MATCH: Its simple, fruity quality made it a quaffable partner with a variety of party buffet fare, from goat cheese wrapped in prosciutto to Brie in puff pastry to thick-sliced ham to spicy meatballs.

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