Chateau Sauman 2005 Cotes de Bourg ($9.99)
Very dark ruby with reddish-orange glints. Currants and dusty red clay, a lot of minerality on the nose and palate. There's good, juicy red fruit, too, apparently not compromised by the large amount of sediment in this bottle; perceptible but smooth tannins to provide structure. Good now with food, with sufficient fruit and balance to carry it through five years or so while the tannins resolve a bit. US Importer: Ex Cellars Wine Agencies Inc., Solvang, Calif. (Mar 2, 2008)

FOOD MATCH: Beef and lamb are perhaps the classic meat pairings with Bordeaux, but fresh, natural pork chops, pan-seared with onions and garlic, came right up to meet it, too.

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