Despite the region's El Niño-ravaged harvest in '98, this joint venture of Concha y Toro and Château Mouton-Rothschild turned out an outstanding wine. It also sets a new benchmark for the price of a Chilean wine. A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, with Carm —James Molesworth
In the 1998 vintage for Bordeaux, the Pomerol appellation excelled. This perfect wine is going to be hard to find, but it should be a legend as time goes on. Incredibly rich, wild and exotic. Dark ruby in color, and decadent, with aromas of aged game, wil —James Suckling
Another of the outstanding Pessac wines in '98 is the Smith-Haut-Lafitte. This young Bordeaux shows intense aromas of wet earth, stone and berries. It's full-bodied, with super-well-integrated tannins and a long, long finish. Very well made indeed, and mu —James Suckling
Jean Delmas, proprietor of Haut-Brion, has turned in another classic performance in the '98 vintage. Rich and wonderful wine, classic, with loads of vanilla, raspberry and chocolate aromas. Full-bodied, with fine tannins and a long aftertaste of berry, gr —James Suckling
Girard winery was purchased by Leslie Rudd back in '96, and now Girard wines are a secondary label for Rudd Estate. Winemaker David Ramey is in charge. An intense and vibrant Bordeaux-style blend, offering a pretty array of black cherry, plum, sage, miner —James Laube
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