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Jun. 15, 2000: DOMAINE DU VIEUX TÉLÉGRAPHE Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vieux Mas des Papes (91 points, $26)

It's hard to contain the excitement for the forthcoming '98 vintage in the southern Rhône. It looks to be the best since '90, and here's an outstanding example of what's to come. Supple and ripe, this wine is medium-bodied and displays good black and red —Kim Marcus

Jun. 14, 2000: PAUL COULON & FILS Châteauneuf-du-Pape Domaine de Beaurenard (93 points, $25)

Here's a superb '98 Châteauneuf worth tracking down. Sweet-tasting and ripe, sophisticated in its smooth, round and silky mouthfeel, delivering loads of fruit and wet earth. An attractive version of this Rhône red. Drink now through 2015. 7,500 cases ma —Per-Henrik Mansson

Jun. 08, 2000: ALLEGRINI Valpolicella Classico Superiore Palazzo della Torre 1996 (90 points, $16)

A gorgeous Italian red, this is rich and polished, with intense plum, mint and tanned leather aromas. Medium- to full-bodied, with velvety tannins and a long, minty berry and cherry aftertaste. Needs time; best after 2001. 5,000 cases made. —James Suckling

Jun. 07, 2000: FRANÇOIS COTAT Vin de Table Français Les Culs de Beaujeu 1998 (92 points, $15)

Beeswax, white peach, chamomile and hay aromas and flavors run through this remarkably dense and rich white from the Loire. It maintains a gorgeous, round and suave mouthfeel all the way to the lengthy, mineral-tinged finish. Normally a Sancerre, this was —Bruce Sanderson

May. 31, 2000: R. LÓPEZ DE HEREDIA VIÑA TONDONIA Rioja White Viña Gravonia Crianza (90 points, $17)

This 10-year-old white Rioja is still in great shape, with all the traditional virtues: a golden color, aromas of almond, vanilla and coconut, a rich texture and a long, smooth finish. Balanced, elegant and complex. Not many like this are made anymore. Dr —Bruce Sanderson

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