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$15 to $30

Mar. 20, 2003: CLOS DU MARQUIS St.-Julien 2000 (94 points, $30)

The nose shows loads of plum, spice and meat aromas, as well as hints of licorice. It's full-bodied, with firm, yet velvety textured tannins. It's big and rounded. If you can't afford Las Cases, try some of this. Some might call this a second wine, but it —James Suckling

Mar. 18, 2003: CHÂTEAU D'AGASSAC Haut-Médoc 2000 (90 points, $15)

Super effort. Complex aromas of milk chocolate, plum and coffee, with hints of game. Full-bodied, soft and round tannins, with a ripe fruit finish. Lovely wine. Best after 2005. 12,675 cases made. Smart Buys. —James Suckling

Mar. 15, 2003: CHÂTEAU LATOUR MARTILLAC Pessac-Léognan 2000 (92 points, $25)

Very, very impressive for this estate. Blackberry and cigar tobacco, with hints of toasted oak. Full-bodied, with loads of velvety tannins and a long finish. Best after 2010. 10,000 cases made. Smart Buys. —James Suckling

Mar. 12, 2003: JOH. JOS. PRÜM Riesling Spätlese Mosel-Saar-Ruwer Graacher Himmelreich 2001 (95 points, $27)

A fantastic Spätlese. Rich, succulent and harmonious, boasting peach, citrus and mineral aromas and flavors, all pure and displayed with finesse on a well-integrated structure. It picks up creaminess and a vanilla note on the endless finish. Drink now th —Bruce Sanderson

Mar. 05, 2003: CHÂTEAU LAGRANGE St.-Julien 2000 (93 points, $30)

Bordeaux lovers have an embarrassment of riches in the 2000 vintage. The Lagrange is extremely well-done, beautifully aromatic, with coffee, cedar and blackberries on the nose. Full-bodied, with fine tannins and a mineral, blackberry aftertaste with mediu —James Suckling

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