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Jun. 08, 2002: DOMAINE DES COMTES LAFON Montrachet 1999 (95 points, $395)

From one of Burgundy's hallowed domaines comes another classic. Scarce as hen's teeth, this is an explosive white. Impressive fat texture in this full-bodied, opulent Chardonnay. Cascades with toasted oak, caramel, mineral, tropical fruit and lots of smok —Per-Henrik Mansson

Jun. 07, 2002: MARCEL DEISS Alsace Grand Cru Schoenenbourg 1997 (93 points, $80)

Deiss bottles the wines from his designated grands crus sites as field blends, such as this one, made from roughly 70 percent Riesling, with Pinot Gris, Gewürztraminer and Muscat. Open and caressing, like a ribbon of road crossing a broad expanse —Bruce Sanderson

Jun. 06, 2002: HENRI GOUGES Nuits-St.-Georges Les St.-Georges 1999 (94 points, $79)

This domaine in Nuits-St.-Georges is among the best in Burgundy. Their '99 Les-St.-Georges is seductive, with sweet fruit, supple tannins and smoke, tar, iron, and cocoa powder aromas on the finish. Real terroir-structured Pinot that is packed to t —Per-Henrik Mansson

Jun. 04, 2002: HEITZ Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Martha's Vineyard 2000 (93 points, $140)

A dark, dense, richly flavored wine, with tiers of currant, mint, blackberry, sage and mineral. Packs in lots of stuffing while maintaining a sense of fine balance and elegance. Long and persistent flavors on the finish, with firm yet well-integrated tann —James Laube

Jun. 02, 2002: SHAFER Chardonnay Napa Valley Carneros Red Shoulder Ranch 2000 (92 points, $37)

Intense and spicy, with an underlying sense of elegance and finesse. Layers of nutmeg and cedary oak match up well with a core of ripe pear, fig, citrus and apricot, finishing with a long, rich, complex aftertaste. Another mouthful of rich Chardonnay from —James Laube

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