Cuvée des Messes Basses 2000 Côtes du Ventoux ($8.99)
This dark garnet wine shows brilliant red-violet flashes against the light. Perfumed red-berry aromas add a distinct, lush floral note of gardenias. Its flavor carries the red-berry theme with a dash of black pepper, tart and snappy but surprisingly light-bodied, an unexpected textural contrast with the heavy floral scent. US Importer: J et R Selections Ltd., Mount Pleasant, Mich. ()
FOOD MATCH: The wine's light body and snappy acidity made it a natural with a free-range chicken roasted Greek style with garlic, oregano and lots of lemon.
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