Here's a classic California Chardonnay from one of the region's acclaimed producers. Ultrarich, almost syrupy, with a gorgeous core of ripe, buttery pear, honey, pineapple and citrus flavors that are amazingly well-focused. Finishes with a tight beam of f —James Laube
From one of the Loire's top producers comes this fantastic Sauvignon Blanc. Straw, melon, white peach and macadamia nut flavors glide along, while live-wire stone, mineral and lime notes ripple underneath, creating a terrific tug-of-war on the palate. Ver —James Molesworth
From Austria comes this late-harvest Chardonnay. Not flamboyant, but concentrated and focused, its butterscotch, vanilla and apricot flavors unfolding bit by bit to coat the palate. Bright acidity lends support and keeps it all together. Endless finish. B —Bruce Sanderson
Voluptuous Bordeaux red. Glorious aromas of very ripe fruit, with layers of spices and chocolate. Full-bodied, with big yet silky tannins and a long, long finish. Generous and seductive. Lasts for minutes on the palate. Best ever from Pavie. Best after 20 —James Suckling
The wild side of Alsace. Loads of spice and floral top notes, with tropical fruit, stone and pastry accents beneath. Full-bodied yet graceful, it starts out off-dry, then the vivid acidity takes over. Needs time. Best from 2004 through 2012. 180 cases imp —Bruce Sanderson
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