Reds from the Southern Rhône Valley are hot these days, but with the excitement over the ripe, fleshy 2007s, the fresh, racy 2006s are being shunted to the background. Translation-you can find some real steals; Châteauneuf-du-Pape from excellent producers such as Domaine Charvin, Domaine La Vielle Julienne and Clos du Mont-Olivet are typically released at $65 or more. But senior editor James Molesworth has seen them being unloaded for $40 or less. And the traditionally run, family domaine of Lucien Barrot & Fils is always a solid buy.
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