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Mar. 21, 2002: CHÂTEAU MARGAUX Margaux 1999 (92 points, $123)

Living up to its first-growth status, Margaux turned out a fine '99. It's a tight and silky red, with lots to offer -- currant, tobacco and cherry character, medium to full body, fine tannins and a long, long finish. Just needs time. Best after 2006. 16,6 —James Suckling

Mar. 19, 2002: CHÂTEAU MONTROSE St.-Estèphe 1999 (90 points, $33)

On the heels of its classic '96, Montrose turned out another fine performance in '99. Very fine indeed, offering complex aromas of berries, grilled meat and tobacco, with racy tannins and a long finish. Medium-to full-bodied. Better than from barrel. Soli —James Suckling

Mar. 16, 2002: CHÂTEAU LE PIN Pomerol 1999 (93 points, $467)

Wildly priced, Le Pin is nonetheless one of the top wines in the '99 vintage. Subtle and yummy, with lovely ripe plum character, hints of dried fruits and spices. Full-bodied, with soft and round tannins and a delicious, succulent finish. Best after 2005. —James Suckling

Mar. 14, 2002: CHÂTEAU GRUAUD-LAROSE St.-Julien 1999 (90 points, $33)

Well done. Good, dark color to this '99, with lots of plummy, berry and cassis bush character. It's medium- to full-bodied, with fine tannins and a medium finish. Best after 2004. 21,500 cases made. Spectator Selection.

For a complete look at '99 r —James Suckling

Mar. 12, 2002: CASA LAPOSTOLLE Clos Apalta Rapel Valley 1999 (92 points, $55)

In the western end of Chile's Rapel wine region lies the rugged Colchagua Valley. Here Casa Lapostolle has set up shop to produce this high-end red which has quickly becomes one of the country's top wines. Crammed with fruit, this raspberry confiture-scen —James Molesworth

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