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Domaine Durieu Lucile Avril Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2009 (France)


Here's a now-or-later wine par excellence. The fruit in this grenache-heavy blend is exceedingly ripe and the acidity is low, making it a nice candidate for early consumption. But there's a strong tannic backbone to preserve it well for a dozen years at least. Currant-like fruit mingles with licorice, spice and roasted meat.

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Beppi Crosariol writes about wine and spirits in the Globe Life and Style sections.He has been The Globe's wine and spirits columnist for more than 10 years. In the late 1990s, he also wrote a food trends column called The Biting Edge.Beppi used to cover business law for ROB and previously edited the paper's weekly technology section. More


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