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Mar. 09, 2005: CHÂTEAU COS-D'ESTOURNEL St.-Estèphe 2002 (93 points, $70)

Gorgeous aromas of currants and berries with hints of licorice. Full-bodied, with velvety tannins and a pretty finish. Silky. This is extremely good for the vintage. The team of Cos worked hard on their 2002 and it shows. Best after 2009. —James Suckling

Mar. 08, 2005: CHÂTEAU BEAUSÉJOUR DUFFAU-LAGAROSSE St.-Emilion 2002 (91 points, $50)

Opulent aromas of plums, berries and green olives. Full-bodied, with vanilla, fruit flavors and lovely silky tannins. This is a caressing wine. Not as opulent as the 2000 but equally pleasing. Best after 2007. —James Suckling

Mar. 07, 2005: VIÑA COBOS Malbec Mendoza Marchiori Vineyard 2002 (95 points, $75)

This shows awesome purity, with lush, seamless layers of raspberry, blackberry and fig compote finely stitched with notes of plum sauce, mocha, graphite and violets. Velvety texture and fresh acidity let the decadent finish display exotic combinations of —James Molesworth

Mar. 05, 2005: CASA LAPOSTOLLE Clos Apalta Colchagua 2002 (93 points, $65)

Beautiful color, with vivid boysenberry and blackberry fruit flavors that easily handle the layers of vanilla-tinged toast. Roasted herb, brier and black currant notes run through the finish, which shows the firm edge of the vintage, but a superb effort n —James Molesworth

Mar. 04, 2005: CHÂTEAU CHEVAL-BLANC St.-Emilion 2002 (92 points, $200)

Fantastic aromas of black licorice and sweet tobacco change to raspberries and follow through to a full-bodied palate, with lovely silky tannins and a long, caressing finish. Multilayered. A beauty. Best after 2008. 3,330 cases made. —James Suckling

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