Alain Brumont fashioned this powerful and well-structured red from France's Southwest, with dark plum, smoke and dark cherry flavors, and loads of meat and coffee notes. Full-bodied, with licorice and mocha elements on the long, long finish. Best from 200 —Kim Marcus
The Loire enjoyed a solid harvest in 2002. This Sauvignon Blanc bottling is rich and spicy for Sancerre, with lemon floral, straw and grapefruit notes as well. Nice juicy, lingering finish. Drink now through 2004. 10,000 cases made. Smart Buys. —James Molesworth
This Cahors is a nicely crafted, full-bodied red. Ripe and rich, filled with delicious dark cherry, blackberry and dark plum flavors. Seductive spice and dark chocolate notes intensify on the broad finish. Tempting now. Best from 2004 through 2007. 8,300 —Kim Marcus
From the Loire comes this mature but still lively white, with lemon curd, white peach, herb and straw flavors that pick up a hint of almond on the lush finish. Nicely done. Drink now. 6,075 cases made. Smart Buys. —James Molesworth
From the southwest of France comes this polished and pure tasting red, with delicious red plum, iron and cassis flavors. Spicy, juicy finish feathered with smoke and meat elements. Drink now through 2005. 5,000 cases made. Smart Buys. —Kim Marcus
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