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Monday, February 23, 2009

Domaine Grand Veneur Les Champauvins 2006

Les ChampauvinsA Côtes du Rhône Villages, the Domaine Grand Veneur Les Champauvins 2006 comes from a single vineyard located right next to the appellation d’origine contrôlée of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. When poured straight from the bottle, its nose can only be described as meaty, but don’t let that put you off – given a little time in a decanter, it opens into aromas of dark, brambly fruits, spice and cigar box.

In the mouth it is full-bodied and dry, its spicy plum and dark berry flavors supported by subtle tannins. The finish is long, dry and clean, with just a hint of unsweetened chocolate.

Robust yet refined with well-integrated flavors, this wine is a pleasure to enjoy by itself, and would make an excellent companion to a variety of meals including game, pork roast, stews and fowl. (If you’re thinking of making coq au vin, keep this wine in mind!) At $14.99, it’s a terrific wine that compares favorably to many Rhône-style blends that cost much more – including some of its neighbors.
J. Silverheels Gray, 10:57 AM

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