Mas de Guiot 2000 Vin de Pays du Gard ($14.99)
This hearty wine from Gard, the region on the west bank of the Rhone where Provence and Languedoc meet, is a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Syrah. Inky dark reddish-purple in color, almost opaque, it shows garnet glints against the light. Deep and plummy fruit aromas add hints of fennel, and the flavors are consistent: Black fruit, anise and a whiff of fragrant pepper, all built on a sturdy structure of lemony acidity and firm, almost harsh tannins that soften a bit with time in the glass. US Importer: Robert Kacher Selections, Washington, D.C. (Mar 16, 2003)

FOOD MATCH: Char-grilled Cornish hens went well, their smoky-charry quality bringing them up to meet this robust wine; otherwise choose beef or lamb.



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