Chateau Lascaux 2005 Coteaux du Languedoc ($12.99)
Plums and prunes, a whiff of cherries and a hint of smoke, fruit-forward but complex. A big mouth-full on the palate, flavors follow the nose; black fruit, fresh acidity and distinct tannins, a sturdy 14% alcohol. No shrinking violet of a wine, very good with red meat. US Importer: Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant, Berkeley, Calif. (Sep 9, 2008)

FOOD MATCH: Excellent red-meat companion with medium-rare hamburgers made from natural local beef.



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