Clos Rougeard 1998 "Les Poyeaux" Saumur Champigny ($40.00)
This very dark reddish-purple wine, 100 percent Cabernet Franc, comes from Saumur-Champigny, on the south bank of the Loire just downstream from Chinon. Its aromas are deep and pure, ripe black plums with an accent of earthy leather. Full black fruit continues on the palate, a bit austere with its tart, lemony acidity; and swmming just beneath the surface is that lovely "petrichor" minerality like fresh rainwater running over limestone. US Importer: LDM Wines Inc., NYC; Louis/Dressner Selections. (Nov 3, 2004)

FOOD MATCH: It would make a fine match with a broad range of poultry, pork, cheese or even salmon dishes.

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