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Mar. 26, 2005: JOH. JOS. PRÜM Riesling Auslese Mosel-Saar-Ruwer Graacher Himmelreich 2002 (94 points, $40)

Terrific auslese. Pure, vibrant and elegant, with a panoply of peach, lime and slate aromas and flavors matched to a seamless frame. Lovely aftertaste of baked apple and vanilla. Drink now through 2025. —Bruce Sanderson

Mar. 25, 2005: RAMONET Chassagne-Montrachet Morgeot 2002 (93 points, $65)

Dense and tightly wound, offering toast, peach, citrus and mineral flavors matched to a lively structure and supple texture. This smolders under the surface with tension and energy. Terrific length. Best from 2006 through 2012. 425 cases made. —Bruce Sanderson

Mar. 24, 2005: VIEUX-CHÂTEAU-CERTAN Pomerol 2002 (92 points, $70)

Aromas of sweet plums and spices follow through to a full-bodied palate, with firm tannins and a solid core of fruit. This is very tightly knit and needs to unravel with bottle age. Turns big and chewy with air. This has excellent potential. Best after 20 —James Suckling

Mar. 23, 2005: RAMONET Bienvenues-Bâtard-Montrachet 2002 (92 points, $150)

A terrific '02 white, silky, concentrated, vibrant and dynamic. It's full-bodied yet well-toned, unleashing its peach, floral, hazelnut and tobacco notes in layers. Firmly structured and beautifully integrated with the oak, it ends with a long butterscotc —Bruce Sanderson

Mar. 22, 2005: EGON MÜLLER Riesling Auslese Mosel-Saar-Ruwer Scharzhofberger 2003 (95 points, $160)

Super auslese. Ripe and concentrated, yet focused and bright, marshaling its lime, peach and vanilla flavors right through the lingering finish. Terrific balance and harmony for the vintage. Drink now through 2018. 500 cases made. —Bruce Sanderson

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