Chateau Cambon la Pelouse 2000 Haut-Medoc ($15.99)
This excellent, approachable 2000 Bordeaux is very dark ruby in color, almost black in the glass. Blackberry aromas add a pleasant leathery note. Ripe and accessible flavors suggest that it contains a good-size dollop of Merlot, and indeed, the winery Website reveals that the blend is 50 percent Merlot, 30 percent Cabernet Sauvignon and 20 percent Cabernet Franc. Full and ripe in flavor, black fruit is well balanced by crisp acidity and smooth tannins. Open and accessible, drinking well now but probably not a long-term ager. US Importer: Ex Cellars Wine Agencies Inc., Solvang, Calif. (Dec 26, 2003)

FOOD MATCH: Fine with British-style meat pies; would marry well with just about any red meat.

WEB LINK: http://www.cambon-la-pelouse.com/

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