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Jul. 18, 2003: CHATEAU ST. JEAN Chardonnay Sonoma County Reserve 2000 (93 points, $45)

Creamy-textured, with complex fig, pear, apricot and smoky oak flavors that build to a nice crescendo, turning elegant and rich on the finish, with a long, integrated aftertaste. Drink now through 2007. 1,800 cases made. Highly Recommended. —James Laube

Jul. 16, 2003: KISTLER Chardonnay Carneros Hyde Vineyard 2000 (95 points, $60)

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

Jul. 12, 2003: DIDIER DAGUENEAU Pouilly-Fumé Silex 2001 (94 points, $60)

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

Jul. 08, 2003: KRACHER Chardonnay Trockenbeerenauslese Neusiedlersee Nouvelle Vague No. 7 2000 (97 points, $70/375ml)

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

Jul. 04, 2003: CHÂTEAU PAVIE St.-Emilion 2000 (96 points, $205)

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

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