Domaine Grand Veneur 2004 Côtes du Rhône Villages "Les Champauvins" Vieilles Vignes ($18.99)
Clear but very dark garnet, almost black at the center. Bright fruit aromas, plums and red berries, add a dash of pepper as an accent. Mouth-filling flavors follow the nose, shaped by pleasantly sharp acidity and abundant tannins. A classic Rhône blend of 70% Grenache, 20% Syrah and 10% Mourvèdre, it's a delightful return to normal after the hot vintage of 2003, and it fully lives up to Alain Jaume's reputation for "Baby Chateauneuf." US Importer: Kysela Père et Fils Ltd., Winchester, Va. (Apr 9, 2006)

FOOD MATCH: Fine with grilled meat from burgers to steaks; it made an excellent Mediterranean match with an Italian chicken stew with red wine over polenta.



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