Chateau Merissac 1995 Saint-Emilion ($23.99)
Clear garnet with a distinct reddish-purple glint. Pleasant, typical Bordeaux scents of blackcurrant and dried tobacco. Flavors consistent, clean and appropriately tart, still showing significant but palatable tannins. Despite its Right Bank origin, its character seems more akin to Cabernet than the usual Merlot. US Importer: Lauber Imports, Ltd., Somerville, N.J. (Apr 27, 2002)

FOOD MATCH: Perfect with lamb chops, a classic pairing with Bordeaux.

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