Louis Tête 2003 Beaujolais Nouveau ($10.49)
Deep ruby color, clear purple with reddish-orange glints. Light and fresh berry aromas, clean and true, seem more subtle - and frankly more refined - than the usual "grapey" Nouveau. The flavors are consistent, ripe and full but well-balanced, more akin to the "real" Beaujolais than the quick-to-market Nouveau. An exceptionally fine example of the genre, testimony to both Louis Tête's consistent quality and to the torrid summer of 2003. US Importer: Bercut-Vendervoort & Co., Brisbane, Calif. (Nov 25, 2003)

FOOD MATCH: An easy food match, worked well at our table with a lamb-and-potato shepherd's pie.

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