Maurice Ecard 1999 Savigny-les-Beaune "Les Narbantons"
($29.99)

Dark ruby in color, with a bold scent of wild cherries - almost reminiscent of a cough drop but much more appealing - over nuances of cedar and roses with an undertone of sweet oak. Textured and full, red-fruit and floral character follows the nose, well balanced with crisp acidity. Opens up to increasing complexity with time in the glass, smooth and structured, tannins so soft and ripe that you barely notice them on the palate. US Importer: Vintner Select, Cincinnati, North Berkeley in California, and other regional importers. (May 27, 2002)

FOOD MATCH: Burgundy's affinity for beef shows in its perfect marriage with filet mignons pan-braised in red wine.

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