January 19, 2005

Le Pigeoulet en Provence 2003 Vin de Pays de Vaucluse

About $13; imported by Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant, Berkeley, Calif.

Great wine always tastes better when it doesn't cost much. Le Pigeoulet en Provence would taste delicious no matter the price: It's gorgeous from the first ruby splash that hits the glass, to its scent of warm cherries and spice, to its juicy, woodsy berry flavors. It's also got pedigree: It's made by the Brunier family, who make the revered (and pricey) Châteauneuf-du-Pape wines of Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe in France's Rhne Valley. With Pigeoulet, you get their expertise applied to vineyards in the south of Châteauneuf and just outside the appellation, making for a sort of mini-Châteauneuf at just $13.

This recommendation originally appeared in the Denver Post.

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