Chateau Grande Cassagne 2003 Costières de Nîmes "G.S." ($10.99)
Very dark garnet in color, this fresh young Languedoc red breathes plums, pepper and a distinct note of spice. Ripe and juicy fruit flavors show more evidence of the luscious raspberry character of Grenache than was evident on the nose. Zippy acidity and a gentle fuzz of tannins provide a firm structure that makes it a good food match. An unfiltered blend of 44% old-vines Grenache (44%) and 56% Syrah, whose initials explain the mysterious "G.S." on the label. US Importer: Robert Kacher Selections, Washington, D.C. (Oct 24, 2004)

FOOD MATCH: It made an excellent match with a Franco-Italian treatment of fresh veal liver, quickly sauteed with onions, capers and a dash of red-wine vinegar.

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