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
The northern Rhône's Côte-Rôtie appellation really shined in the '99 vintage. This offering from Gerin is gorgeous. Thick, yet elegant and refined, bursting with flowers, blackberry, chocolate, smoke, licorice and sweet oak. Full-bodied, with ripe tann —Per-Henrik Mansson
This is a non-vintage wine that was disgorged in 1996. The early disgorgement contributes to the gorgeous aromas and flavors of honey, hazelnut and brioche that mark this plush Champagne. It's balanced and creamy, with a soft structure that makes it immed —Bruce Sanderson
The Brunier family has been turning out one of the Rhône's top Châteauneufs for some time now, and the beautiful '99 La Crau is another winner. Full-bodied, rich and ripe, with plum and blackberry notes and some real tannic grip. Mineral edge adds comp —Per-Henrik Mansson
From one of the region's venerable negociants comes this outstanding Côte-Rôtie. The '98 Brune et Blonde caresses the palate. Elegant, with mineral, red and black fruit and supple tannins. Seductive balance on the fresh finish, where the firm tannins ma —Per-Henrik Mansson
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