88 pts – Château Saint Baulery 2009 Saint-Chinian
A bright, zesty red, showing zesty purity to the red plum, blackberry and licorice flavors. The spicy finish features notes of milk chocolate. Drink now through 2013. -KM

88 pts – Domaine des 3 Vallées 2009 Grenache Gris
A medium- to full-bodied white, offering plenty of peach, spice and dried herb notes that are ripe, showing touches of richness. Finishes with hints of cream and white chocolate. Drink now through 2014. -KM

85 pts – La Noble 2009 Chardonnay
Zesty and juicy, with ripe pear flavors and plenty of spicy, creamy notes. The finish is clean and balanced. Drink now. -KM

96 pts, Collectibles – Domaine du Pegau 2007 Cuvée Da Capo
This shows a remarkable marriage of density and grace, as layers of roasted fig, braised chestnut and dried blood orange stay supple and plush, embedded with rounded grip and alluring cocoa, graphite and incense notes. There’s a long, espresso- and hoisin sauce-filled finish. Best from 2011 through 2030. -JM