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May. 30, 2014: FAMILLE PERRIN Châteauneuf-du-Pape Les Chapouins Vieilles Vignes 2006 (92 points, $85)

Broad and ripe, with dark coffee and cocoa powder notes out front, backed by steeped plum and macerated black currant fruit. Lingering fig and ganache accents take over on the finish. This has heft but stays defined, with a beguiling smoky hint through the finish. Drink now through 2018. 1,250 cases made. —James Molesworth

May. 29, 2014: DOMAINE COFFINET-DUVERNAY Chassagne-Montrachet Les Blanchots Dessus 2011 (94 points, $100)

Creamy and toasty, with lime, peach and apple notes tinged by citrus and spice details. This has a concentrated, almost viscous texture, yet remains balanced and lively, with fine intensity and a long finish that echoes the spice nuances. Best from 2015 through 2023. 135 cases made. —Bruce Sanderson

May. 28, 2014: BASEL CELLARS Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla Valley Pheasant Run Vineyard 2009 (90 points, $32)

Vibrant, focused and appealing, with smoky, juicy cherry and black currant flavors, persisting through a blanket of prickly tannins. Best from 2015 through 2019. 575 cases made. —Harvey Steiman

May. 27, 2014: OLIVIER LEFLAIVE Meursault 2011 (90 points, $55)

This is clean and focused, with a hint of seashore gracing the apple, grapefruit and baking spice flavors. Shows fine length and intensity. Drink now through 2020. 435 cases imported. —Bruce Sanderson

May. 26, 2014: YANGARRA ESTATE Grenache McLaren Vale Old Vine 2012 (90 points, $32)

Sleek and lithe, with a meaty note running through the effusive blackberry and mint flavors, finishing with polish. Offers depth and intensity without weight. Drink now through 2018. 3,624 cases made. —Harvey Steiman

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