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$15 to $30

Sep. 16, 2005: CHÂTEAU DE COULAINE Chinon Bonnaventure 2003 (89 points, $18)

Juicy, with dark cherry, briar, olive paste and iron notes. Smoky finish, with fresh acidity. Shows the ripeness of the vintage, but stays true to type. Drink now through 2006. —James Molesworth

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

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