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Dec. 05, 2000: POL ROGER Brut Champagne Cuvée Sir Winston Churchill 1990 (96 points, $155)

Known for using a generally higher amount of Pinot Noir than Chardonnay, as opposed to most tête de cuvées, the '90 Winston Churchill is power and intensity in a glass. Bold and full of bread dough and apple character, with a marmalade note, marr —Bruce Sanderson

Dec. 02, 2000: CHÂTEAU MONT-REDON Châteauneuf-du-Pape (90 points, $35)

Supple and harmonious, this medium-bodied red from the Rhône delivers good ripe fruit, showing Châteauneuf complexity. It's muscular and firm, and while the tannins are rustic, the wine is so flavorful. Drink now through 2004. Should be easy to find som —Per-Henrik Mansson

Dec. 01, 2000: DOMAINE DU VIEUX TÉLÉGRAPHE Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Crau (93 points, $37)

Châteauneuf had a tremendous vintage in '98, and its wines offer great value in the face of rising Bordeaux and California prices. The '98 Vieux Télé is reserved aromatically, but the wonderful balance is evident as this young Rhône red reveals its mi —Per-Henrik Mansson

Nov. 28, 2000: MARCARINI Barolo Brunate (95 points, $46)

Already tight as a drum, but glorious aromas of flowers, berries and cherries gradually come forth. Full-bodied and very tannic, yet with loads of fruit and fresh acidity. Don't touch this monster for awhile. Best after 2006. 2,380 cases made. —James Suckling

Nov. 25, 2000: CAYMUS Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Special Selection 1999 (95 points, $136)

Here's a classic California Cabernet, a late release from the tremendous '97 vintage. The '97 Special Selection is smooth, rich and concentrated, with layers of currant, mocha, black cherry and wild berry, fairly gushing at midpalate. The finish is long, —James Laube

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