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Chateau de Pressac Chateau de Pressac 1995 Saint-Emilion Grand Cru ($15.99)
Here's a decent Bordeaux at a midrange price that wouldn't make a bad "stocking-stuffer" for a wine lover on your gift list. Dark ruby in color, it offers ripe cherry-berry aromas, a bit shy at first but opens up with a little time in the glass. Tart, clean fruit flavors, a bit austere and softly tannic, but like the aroma, rewards a little time spent swirling, sniffing and contemplating. Youthful but approachable, this - and other similarly priced 1995 Saint-Emilions - makes a good gift choice because it can be enjoyed now (especially with appropriate food on the table) but would also reward a little cellar time. U.S. importer: H. Dennert Distributing Corp., Cincinnati. (Dec. 14, 1999)

FOOD MATCH: Bordeaux shows an affinity with lamb, and this one is no exception, pairing well with a boneless leg of lamb braised with aromatic spices.

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