Chateau du Donjon 2002 "Grande Tradition" Minervois ($9.99)
Very dark reddish-purple, this Languedoc red breathes ripe, grapey fruit, raspberries and fragrant black pepper with a lightly herbaceous "leafy" back note. Full and luscious on the first taste, its juicy black fruit is nicely balanced by tart, crisp acidity, with soft tannins lurking behind the fruit to create a fresh, mouth-watering flavor that defines the term "structure" in wine. Plums, pepper and a taste of licorice linger in a long finish. US Importer: Hand Picked Selections, Warrenton, Va. (Mar 9, 2005)

FOOD MATCH: Any red meat or cheese dish would serve it well; I went the latter route and found it made a fine match with a simple omelet stuffed with melted sharp Cheddar.



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