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Dec. 28, 2001: DENIS MORTET Gevrey-Chambertin Les Champeaux 1999 (93 points, $81)

Here's another winner from Denis Mortet in '99. Very thick wine, Port-like. Offers blackberries, currants, cassis and supple tannins, while the smoke and toasted notes add complexity to a seductive finish. Drink now through 2010. 380 cases made. Highly R —Per-Henrik Mansson

Dec. 21, 2001: BERNARD DUGAT-PY Mazis-Chambertin Vieilles Vignes 1999 (91 points, $250)

This domaine ducked the rains that came during harvest time and produced a superb lineup of '99s. The Mazis is wonderful. Full-bodied, thick-textured, smooth--brimming with delicious red and black fruit flavors accented by toast, smoke and mocha notes. Fi —Per-Henrik Mansson

Dec. 19, 2001: DENIS MORTET Gevrey-Chambertin En Champs Vieille Vigne 1999 (92 points, $67)

Denis Mortet has put his domaine among the best that Burgundy has to offer. Sweet-tasting, this inky-black, impressively aromatic Pinot delivers plenty of tar, smoke, crushed blackberry, cherry and black pepper character. Really well-made, with a fresh un —Per-Henrik Mansson

Dec. 17, 2001: ROBERT FOLEY Claret Napa Valley 1999 (93 points, $100)

Robert Foley also makes the wines for Pride Mountain Vineyards, so it's no surprise that this Cabernet-based wine from his own label rates outstanding. Dark in color, with a sleek body and tight beam of spicy, herb-laced cherry, plum and currant, this Cab —James Laube

Dec. 12, 2001: RAMEY Chardonnay Napa Valley Carneros Hyde Vineyard 1999 (93 points, $56)

One of the top current Chardonnay producers, Ramey has released another fine offering from the well-known Hyde vineyard. The '99 is a refreshingly rich and lively style, with vibrant pear, fig, anise, citrus and toasty oak nuances. Even with all its richn —James Laube

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