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Today's Wine Tasting Note

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Ch de Maligny Chateau de Maligny 1996 Chablis Premier Cru Fourchaume ($18.99)
Upholding early reports that the 1996 vintage in Chablis is outstanding, this excellent white Burgundy offers very stylish drinking indeed. Pale greenish-gold in color, it has a remarkably forward and appetizing aroma of ripe apples and delicious herbal notes. Full-bodied, clean and crisp, ripe apple fruit flavors are so exuberant that the wine almost seems sweet, but there's plenty of characteristic steely Chablis acidity to keep it in balance. Like the wine below, it will benefit from time, but is so delicious that it's hard to keep hands off now. U.S. importer: Parliament Import Co., Atlantic City, N.J. (June 23, 1998)

FOOD MATCH: Very good with grilled swordfish; rich food and a rich yet acidic wine make a fine "like-with-like" combination.

Vacqueyras Domaine le Sang des Cailloux 1995 Vacqueyras ($11.99)
Inky dark reddish-purple. Black pepper and earthy "tree bark" aromas. Big, "chewy" texture on the palate, fragrant black pepper and juicy black fruit over lemon-squirt acidity and soft tannins. Good balance, good complexity; it's drinking nicely now, but time will do it no harm. U.S. importer: Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant, Berkeley, Calif. (June 20, 1998)

FOOD MATCH: Perfect with filet mignons in a peppery red-wine reduction sauce.

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