While the Southern Rhône garnered much of the hype in the excellent '98 vintage, the Northern Rhône had its share of terrific wines as well, particularly in Côte-Rôtie and Hermitage. This is Chave's luxury cuvée of Hermitage, and he uses the old spel —Per-Henrik Mansson
Beautifully focused and bright, this Shiraz delivers juicy, vibrant black cherry, berry and plum flavors on an elegant frame. Tannins are soft, and the finish hints at black pepper and exotic spices as it lasts and lasts. Drink now through 2010. 5,000 cas —Harvey Steiman
1998 was a terrific vintage for the south of France, and Domaine L'Aiguelière capitalized with several terrific wines. Their '98 Côte Rousse is concentrated and brooding, with a fat bacony aroma followed up by rich and ripe flavors of mocha, dark plum, —Kim Marcus
Here's a terrific white Burgundy from the uneven '99 vintage. Deep and complex, this is a super wine that tastes like a grand cru. One sniff and you know that you're in serious wine territory. It's a tornado of flavors--spice, wet earth, mineral, h —Per-Henrik Mansson
Always a late-release, the wines of François Raveneau are usually worth the wait. Once again they are some of the top wines made in the vintage. Clean and fresh, not very aromatic, but tight and firm in structure, almost tannic. Offers spice, toasted bre —Per-Henrik Mansson
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