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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
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
The wild side of Alsace. Loads of spice and floral top notes, with tropical fruit, stone and pastry accents beneath. Full-bodied yet graceful, it starts out off-dry, then the vivid acidity takes over. Needs time. Best from 2004 through 2012. 180 cases imp —Bruce Sanderson
Josmeyer excelled in the fine '01 vintage, as this Riesling shows. Etched in stone. Dry and tightly wound, evoking a limestone cliff after a thunderstorm. Quince and peach also mingle in its rocky depths. Firm and concentrated, this is for rock-hounds. Be —Bruce Sanderson
From Alsace comes this seductive Riesling, with a considerable track record for excellence. More classical in style, it offers intense peach, apple and pine forest aromas and flavors matched to a steely, dry profile. Understated, it teases with its nuance —Bruce Sanderson
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