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May. 15, 2001: FERNAND & LAURENT PILLOT Chassagne-Montrachet Grandes Ruchottes 2006 (94 points, $79)

Here's a terrific white Burgundy from the uneven '99 vintage. Deep and complex, this is a super wine that tastes like a grand cru. One sniff and you know that you're in serious wine territory. It's a tornado of flavors--spice, wet earth, mineral, h —Per-Henrik Mansson

May. 14, 2001: FRANÇOIS RAVENEAU Chablis Montée de Tonnerre (90 points, $50)

Always a late-release, the wines of François Raveneau are usually worth the wait. Once again they are some of the top wines made in the vintage. Clean and fresh, not very aromatic, but tight and firm in structure, almost tannic. Offers spice, toasted bre —Per-Henrik Mansson

May. 09, 2001: FRANCISCAN OAKVILLE ESTATE Magnificat Napa Valley (91 points, $35)

Here's another outstanding late-release '97 California Cabernet blend that is well-priced for the value, and made in ample quantity. Very appealing from start to finish. It's smooth and seductive, with pretty toasty oak, spice, currant and black cherry fl —James Laube

May. 08, 2001: CAKEBREAD Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Vine Hill Ranch (94 points, $70)

This late-release '97 Cabernet scores outstanding on our 100-point scale and is worth trying to hunt down. Bold, rich, deeply flavored and deeply concentrated Cab that has layers of currant, coffee, chocolate, hazelnut and cherry. The finish delivers a fl —James Laube

May. 07, 2001: BOUCHARD PÈRE & FILS Corton-Charlemagne 1999 (93 points, $123)

We?ve gotten our first look at the '99 whites from Burgundy, and the results are mixed. Nonetheless, here?s an outstanding one, from a venerable house that has made quite a turnaround in recent years. Clean, subtle and rich, this full-bodied white Burgund —Per-Henrik Mansson

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