Chateau Labory 2000 Fronsac ($9.99)
I wasn't able to find much information about this wine on the Web, but Fronsac is a "satellite" region of Bordeaux, near St.-Emilion, and Cabernet Franc predominates in many of its vineyards. I've found it a source for Right Bank Bordeaux of uncommon value, and this one is no exception. Very dark garnet, almost black in the glass, it offers ripe black-fruit aromas with intriguing overtones of black coffee. More fruit and elusive hints of anise come up with swirling. There's plenty of blackcurrant fruit in a flavor that seems light-bodied at first but gains heft on the palate with appropriate acidity; soft tannins show up in the finish. US Importer: Ex Cellars Wine Agencies Ltd., Solvang, Calif. (Jan 7, 2003)

FOOD MATCH: Perfect with filet mignons, pan-roasted medium rare.

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