Mas de Gourgonnier 2002 Les Baux de Provence ($12.99)
This is a very dark garnet wine, black at the center. Its warm aromas evoke Provence with plums, fragrant white pepper and "chalky" earthy notes. Juicy black-fruit flavors are tart and rather tannic; a textured "chewy" mouthfeel leaves tart plums and pepper lingering in a long finish. It's a blend of Grenache, Carignan and Syrah; the wine destined for U.S. export adds a splash of Cabernet Sauvignon that's not found in the European edition. US Importer: Vintner Select, Mason, Ohio, and other regional importers. (Nov 5, 2004)

FOOD MATCH: A hearty chicken pilaf worked well, although rare red meat is always in order with full-bodied, tannic red wines like this.



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