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Sep. 13, 2000: BRANCOTT Chardonnay Gisborne 1999 (90 points, $10)

This New Zealand Chardonnay is simply an outstanding value. Smooth and round, layering its generous pear and nectarine flavors with spicy, floral overtones. The fruit flavors remain lively and balanced throughout, echo beautifully on the rich finish. Drin —Harvey Steiman

Sep. 12, 2000: CHÂTEAU DE LANCYRE Coteaux du Languedoc Hautes Terres 1998 (85 points, $10)

1998 was considered to be a very good vintage in the southern French wine region of the Languedoc. Many of the '98's from this promising region are now starting to hit our shores. Warm, mature-tasting, with dried plum flavors and spicy mocha notes on the —Kim Marcus

Sep. 08, 2000: CHÂTEAU DE LANCYRE Coteaux du Languedoc Hautes Terres 1998 (85 points, $10)

1998 was considered to be a very good vintage in the southern French wine region of the Languedoc. Many of the '98s from this promising region are now starting to hit our shores. Warm, mature-tasting, with dried plum flavors and spicy mocha notes on the f —Kim Marcus

Sep. 07, 2000: CAVES DES PAPES Côtes du Rhône Héritage Elevé en Foudre de Chêne (87 points, $10)

Another example of the high quality of the '98 vintage in the Rhône. A pleasurable red, medium-bodied, offering plenty of ripe fruit and ripe tannins that fold in nicely. Well-made and wallet-friendly. Drink now through 2002. 'Elevé en Foudre de Chêne' —Per-Henrik Mansson

Sep. 02, 2000: BARTON & GUESTIER Côtes du Rhône Tradition 1998 (87 points, $10)

Here's a solid value from the great '98 vintage in the Rhône. Intriguing. This reasonably priced red is rather reserved, showing more wet earth than ripe fruit. Fairly tough, with a firm tannic backbone, but you also sense a richness and emerging fatness —Per-Henrik Mansson

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