Vieux Chateau Haut Béard 2000 Saint-Emilion Grand Cru ($20.99)
This is an inky blackish-purple wine with a reddish-violet edge. Spicy cherry-compote aromas add an herbal back note reminiscent of oregano or classic Bordeaux "lead pencil." Flavors are consistent with the nose, black cherries, lean and tart; good fruit and herbs on a structure of fresh-fruit acidity and smooth tannins. An earthy but clean whiff of leather appears with time in the glass. US Importer: Ex-Cellars Wine Agencies Inc., Solvang, Calif. (Apr 17, 2006)

FOOD MATCH: A fine match with lamb chops pan-roasted with fresh rosemary and a hint of fresh ginger.

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