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$15 to $30

Sep. 15, 2005: CHÂTEAU LAMARTINE Cahors 2003 (89 points, $15)

Firm, rich mouthfilling red from southwest France. A touch of elegance as well, with intense currant, dark plum and cassis flavors. Crisp finish of spiced meat. Drink now through 2008. 8,000 cases made. —Kim Marcus

Sep. 14, 2005: COULY-DUTHEIL Chinon Clos de l'Echo 2000 (88 points, $29)

Mature, with alluring tar, iron, olive and plum sauce aromas and flavors, all stitched together by nervy mineral notes and still-fresh acidity. Drink now through 2006. 300 cases imported. —James Molesworth

Sep. 13, 2005: VALENTÍN BIANCHI Malbec San Rafael Famiglia 2003 (88 points, $18)

Fleshy, fruit-driven version, with creamy layers of blackberry, fig and plum. Plenty of toast and cocoa here too, lending a slightly firm feel to the finish, but still lots of fruit. Drink now through 2007. 8,000 cases made. —James Molesworth

Sep. 12, 2005: DOMAINE BOURILLON-DORLÉANS Vouvray Sec La Coulée d'Argent Vieilles Vignes 2004 (88 points, $19)

Lean, with white peach, floral and mineral notes followed by a hint of ginger on the steely finish. For fans of the lean style. Drink now through 2009. 3,500 cases made. —James Molesworth

Sep. 10, 2005: MATTHIEU COSSE Cahors Le Petit Sid 2001 (88 points, $18)

Boisterous and muscular, with a meaty aroma and intense raspberry, red cherry and currant flavor. Long, chewy finish, like biting into a crisp nectarine. Drink now through 2008. 600 cases made. —Kim Marcus

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