Krug is setting a torrid pace for Champagne these days, as evidenced by this classic-scoring non-vintage wine. One whiff and you know this is serious stuff. The aromas of baking brioche, coconut, candied citrus and leather pick up roasted coffee and grill —Bruce Sanderson
A stylish wine that's ripe, rich and supple, beautifully focused on concentrated black cherry, black currant and roasted herb flavors. The fruit flavors keep coming, along with nicely integrated toasty oak and round tannins. From an old vineyard north of —James Laube
Despite the recent ownership battle for this legendary château, quality remains at an extremely high level. Always a late release, the '97 Yquem is extremely concentrated, yet subtle, with aromas of honey and spices and an intense botrytis nose. Full-bod —James Suckling
The 2000 vintage was outstanding in Alsace, and Domaine Weinbach fielded a stunning range of wines, as evidenced here. Serious ripeness and obvious residual sugar in this opulent Riesling. With a texture of cashmere delivering the apricot, grapefruit and —Bruce Sanderson
From longtime winemaker Paul Draper comes yet another terrific Monte Bello. The '99 is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, with Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, and it is a wine of great balance, finesse and grace. Well-focused, the ripe, tart, rich bl —James Laube
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