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Domaine Grand Veneur 1998 Chateauneuf-du-Pape ($21.99)
Very dark ruby color, with ripe aromas of black fruit, pepper and a pleasant mineral note. Full, textured black-fruit and fragrant pepper on the palate, mouth-filling and long. A big wine, acidic and lightly tannic, good now but with plenty of fruit and structure to carry it for aging. U.S. importer: Kysela Pere et Fils Ltd., Winchester, Va. (Aug. 22, 2000)
FOOD MATCH: A natural match with a grilled steak crusted with black peppercorns.
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