Domaine de la Chanteleuserie 2000 "Cuvée Beauvais" Bourgueil ($12.99)
Dark garnet in color, this Loire Cabernet Franc breathes characteristic red-fruit and spice aromas with a pleasant whiff of freshly ground white pepper as a grace note. Fresh and tart on the palate, mouth-watering acidity supports clean, juicy sour-cherry fruit, showing an intriguing textural contrast between light body and smooth but perceptible tannins, with a delicious nuance of chocolate-covered cherries in a long finish. US Importer: Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant, Berkeley, Calif. (Sep 1, 2003)

FOOD MATCH: Casting about for an interesting food match with Loire Cabernet Franc, I found a winner in a not-too-fiery Cajun-style chicken gumbo loaded with fresh okra.

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