Rémy Pannier 2006 Chinon ($13.99)
Dark garnet. Red berries and a whiff of red-clay earthiness. More subtle than fruit-forward, raspberries and white pepper, tart acidity and soft, smooth tannins. Good young Chinon, enjoyable and interesting now, but it would be well worth setting some aside, especially at this fair price. US Importer: Palm Bay Imports Inc., Boca Raton, Fla. (Nov 21, 2007)

FOOD MATCH: I like to match the earthy fruit of Loire Cabernet Franc against the mixed flavors of Asian fare. This one made a fine match with a lightly spicy pork-and-bean-curd West China standard, Ma Po tofu. More traditionally, it's a versatile match with poultry, pork, lighter red meats and a range of cheeses.

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