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Chateau La Roque Chateau La Roque 1998 Coteaux du Languedoc Pic Saint-Loup Cuvee Les Vieilles Vignes de Mourvèdre ($9.99)
This unusual red wine from one of my favorite Languedoc wineries is made entirely from Mourvèdre grapes from old vines, and delicious fruit and earthiness make it a very good value for a penny under $10. Dark ruby in color, it shows fresh red-fruit and the pleasant earthy scents that I associate with this grape. Soft, juicy fruit flavors are consistent with the aroma, with light but sufficient acidity to provide balance. U.S. Importer: Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant, Berkeley, Calif. (Feb. 10, 2000)

FOOD MATCH: Just right with garlicky roast chicken.

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