Frederic Magnien 2000 Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru "Aux Beaux Bruns" ($30.00)
Very dark reddish-purple, almost black at the core. Smoky and meaty notes are borne on a wave of ripe black fruit in a big red Burgundy of the old-fashioned style. Flavors are consistent with the nose: Ripe and tart black-cherry fruit, with spicy oak present but not dominating; a clean, not tainted, hint of natural cork adds an additional earthy note of complexity. Tannins are present but cloaked by the abundant black fruit, which lingers in a very long, clean and tart finish. US Importer: North Berkeley Imports, Berkeley, Calif. (Feb 9, 2004)

FOOD MATCH: As we move toward more authoritative Burgundies, I find myself relying on simple, traditional food matches. A medium-rare rib eye steak with plenty of black pepper made a perfect companion for this wine.



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