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One of the new "garage wines," as the small-production wines that break with local traditions are called. The '98 La Mondotte is an extremely well-constructed young red. Black in color, and massively grapey, with loads of mineral, menthol and toasted oak. —James Suckling
It's no surprise that Pétrus, the flagship château of the Mouiex family holdings, has turned in a stunner in the Pomerol-favored vintage of '98. Leaves me speechless; like gazing at a Canaletto painting. Has a high-toned nose, with violet, floral, berry —James Suckling
Perhaps better known for Chiantis and super-Tuscan reds, Antinori produces this white from a blend of Chardonnay and Grechetto. White Burgundy in Umbria. Aromas of ripe pineapple, honey and toasted oak follow through to a full-bodied wine with rich fruit —James Suckling
Owned by the Moueix family, the owners of Château Pétrus, the '98 Trotanoy is another classic Pomerol from this vintage. A subtle and harmonious young red with berry, tobacco and vanilla character. Full-bodied, with masses of extremely polished, fine ta —James Suckling
Here's another classic right-bank wine from the two-faced '98 Bordeaux vintage. Captivating aromas of wild raspberry, cherry, mineral and grilled meat mark this full-bodied wine, along with huge, silky tannins and an extra-long, caressing finish. Envelops —James Suckling
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