Domaine Grand Veneur 2003 Cotes du Rhône Villages "Les Champauvins" ($15.99)
Clear dark ruby with a reddish-violet edge. Very ripe black fruit, plums and spice, wafts of Provence herbs and fennel in the background. Bold flavors follow the nose, ripe Grenache raspberries and black plums over tart acidity and somewhat rough tannins. A big wine, typical of '03, but producer Alain Jaume has solved the vintage's challenge with structure and balance in a wine that's likely to improve for several years to come. US Importer: Kysela Père et Fils Ltd., Winchester, Va. (Sep 12, 2005)

FOOD MATCH: Full-bodied, tannic red Rhones find their natural match in rare red meat; we paired it effectively with a pan-seared rib eye steak.



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