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Aug. 08, 2003: PRATS & SYMINGTON Douro Chryseia 2001 (94 points, $40)

Increasingly good table wine is coming out of the Douro these days. This wine offers the essence of blackberry fruit, with dark cherry and smoke making it an alluring and distinctive red. Intense concentration and a firm structure provide power. Dark choc —Kim Marcus

Aug. 07, 2003: E. GUIGAL Côte-Rôtie La Turque 1999 (98 points, $275)

Guigal is best known for his three single-vineyard Côte-Rôties, sometimes called the "La La wines." The '99 La Turque is perfection in a glass. Like E.T., this extraterrestrial wine creates a commotion as it lands; on the palate, it delivers an abundanc —Per-Henrik Mansson

Aug. 05, 2003: E. GUIGAL Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2001 (93 points, $40)

This Northern Rhône-based negociant excels in the Southern Rhône as well. The '01 CdP from Guigal is an old-fashioned, full-bodied, traditional wine that seduces with its decadent game, saddle-leather, plum and sautéed wild mushroom aromas. No hint of —Per-Henrik Mansson

Aug. 02, 2003: M. CHAPOUTIER Ermitage White L'Ermite 2001 (95 points, $278)

The Rhône has enjoyed success in recent vintage, as this collector's item from Chapoutier demonstrates. Amazingly rich, this ultrathick, ultracreamy white oozes with refined character of wet earth, mineral, citrus and dried fruit (plus a slight burnt rub —Per-Henrik Mansson

Jul. 31, 2003: CHÂTEAU PAPE CLÉMENT Pessac-Léognan White 2001 (90 points, $85)

While '00 was a terrific vintage for red Bordeaux, the '01 vintage seems to favor dry whites and Sauternes. This '01 white offers complex aromas of apple tart, cream and apricots that follow through to a medium-bodied palate, with a solid core of fruit an —James Suckling

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