Chateau du Donjon 2001 "Grand Tradition" Minervois ($9.99)
Very dark ruby color, with attractive aromas of perfumed red fruit over black pepper and that delicious herbal scent of the garrigues of Southern France. Flavors follow the nose in a nice marriage of Grenache berries and Syrah pepper, firmly structured and tart. Substantial tannins are present, suggesting ageworthiness, but they're smooth and palatable. US Importer: Hand Picked Selections, Warrenton, Va. (Nov 27, 2003)

FOOD MATCH: This full, tannic and peppery wine meets its ideal match in a pepper-crusted, rare rib eye steak.



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