Domaine de la Pepière 2004 "Cuvée Granit" Vin de Pays du Jardin de la France Marches de Bretagne ($9.99)
One of the most obscure wines I've tried lately, this offbeat but intriguing red blend from Marc Ollivier comes from the Muscadet region at the mouth of the Loire River, but it can't carry the name "Muscadet" because that's reserved by law for whites. Dark garnet in color, it's appealing and subtle, red-berry fruit and white pepper on the nose and palate, framed by stony minerality and mouth-watering acidity. Tangy red fruit, pepper and green tannins linger in a long finish. A varying blend of Loire red grapes that may include Cabernet Franc, Malbec (called "Cot" in the Loire), Gamay and Merlot. US Importer: LDM Wines Inc., NYC; Louis/Dressner Selections. (Aug 28, 2005)

FOOD MATCH: It would go nicely with salmon or other oily fish or grilled chicken, and made an excellent match with a simple omelet stuffed with Gruyère cheese.



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